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Federal (USV)


Arva Owen Austin

(1844 - 1914)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

From Turtle, he enlisted in Company G, 6th Wisconsin Infantry on 10 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was listed as a deserter on 13 September 1862, but a letter of 24 November 1862 from Levi B. Raymond, Corporal, Company G to a Wisconsin newspaper mentions that Austin transferred to the US (Regular) Army in September.

After the War

He married in Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales in 1865, and probably lived there until about 1870, when he returned to Wisconsin. He was in Newel, IA 1873-79, Sioux City (where he was a constable) 1880-87, and then in Topeka, KS to 1900. He lived in Denison, TX until moving to Los Angeles, CA in 1911. The family has a postcard he sent in that year...

Dear Daughter Bell (Sarah Isabella) and Family. All well. My address is now 1245 E. 37th St., Los Angeles, Cal. I married the widow this morning. Am going to raise chickens and pigeons.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Wisconsin1. Further details from family genealogists, who note his first name may have been Harvey.


03/22/1844; Concord District, Lake County, OH


03/23/1914; Los Angeles, CA; burial in Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, KS


1   State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 1, pp. 521 - 523  [AotW citation 10384]