GEN. WILLIAM EMERSON STRONG,
b. Granville, N. Y., Aug. 10, 1840; d. Florence, Italy, Apr.10, 1891; son
of John Emerson Strong and Abigail Percival, his wife; m. Apr. 25, 1867
MARY BOSTWICK OGDEN (Mahlon D.1581, Abraham575, John232, David62, Thomas12,
David3, John1), b. May 2, 1843; d. Dec. 3, 1901.
GEN. WILLIAM EMERSON STRONG was born at Granville, N. Y. While a small boy, his parents removed to Wisconsin, where he passed his youth and early manhood. He had just been admitted to the bar of his adopted state when Fort Sumter was fired upon; it so stirred his patriotism he responded to the first call for troops in 1861, and immediately raised a company for the 2d Wis. Inf. in Apr., 1861. He began his military career in the Army of the Potomac, taking an honorable part with his regiment in the first battles of the war, at Blackburn's Ford and Bull Run. A few months later he was promoted Major of the 12th Wis. Inf. and was from that time associated with the Army of the Tennessee to the close of the war, being in active service till peace was declared. For bravery in battle, GEN. STRONG was early assigned to duty on the staff of the gallant and lamented McPherson by whom he was held in the highest esteem, and it was he who received the last order Gen. McPherson ever gave, a moment before he was killed in the battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864. After Gen. McPherson's death, GEN. STRONG remained on duty as Chief of Staff for Gen. O. O. Howard until the end of the war. He served with marked distinction in every battle and campaign of the Army of the Tennessee. Upon the surrender of Vicksburg, July 4, 1863, GEN. STRONG was accorded the honor of raising the Stars and Stripes over the captured ramparts. He was brevetted Brigadier General Mar., 1865, for gallant and meritorious service.
After the war, GEN. STRONG removed to Chicago to engage in business, where he continued to reside until his death. He always took an active interest in public affairs, but never held official position. He resided in Chicago over twenty years, and in all his business transactions was the soul of integrity and honor, no other citizen being held in higher esteem. He was the close personal friend of Gen. Sheridan, his companion in many mountain excursions, and on the Western frontier. An interesting description of a trip to the Yellowstone in 1875 with the Secretary of War was published by him for private distribution. Refined and cultured, GEN. STRONG accumulated many original orders, letters and other papers relating to the Civil War, of great historical value and interest.
GEN. STRONG was one of the earliest members of the Loyal Legion, and served one term as Commander of the order, saying he esteemed it higher than any office in the gift of the people. He was a man of strong personality, enthusiastic and of striking appearance, having a "frank, manly and generous disposition; brave, gallant and chivalric; he illustrated in his own career, the highest and best type of the American soldier. He was our Chevalier Bayard, 'without fear and without reproach.' "
* WILLIAM E. STRONG, JR., b. Apr. 18, 1870.
* HENRIETTA OGDEN STRONG, b. Nov. 19, 1873; m. CHARLES PEMBERTON WURTS.
Children: HENRIETTA WURTS4244a, b. (???); JOHN JAY WURTS4244b, b. (???).
* MARY OGDEN STRONG, b. July 19, 1876.
The Ogden Family in America , Page 302
Author: William Ogden Wheeler
Call Number: R929.2 qO341 v.1
U. S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Pa. 17013
Full standing portrait of Lt. Col. William E. Strong, 12th Regt., Wisconsin Vol. Inf.