Ozro B Foster

BirthMay 3, 1841
DeathApril 13, 1933
CemeteryCedar View (Doniphan)
PostSmith (Doniphan)
Unit49th United States Colored Troops, Co K

1st Lieutenant Ozro B Foster

Company C, 48th Indiana Infantry

Company K, 49th United States Colored Infantry

Foster was born in Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo County), Michigan on May 3, 1841. Foster’s first name is spelled “Orso” by some Civil War sources. He enlisted and was mustered as a private into the 48th Indiana Infantry on December 24, 1861.

During 1863 he transferred to the 49th United States Colored Infantry. White officers commanded the African-American regiments during the War. Foster was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant on July 1, 1863 and to 1st lieutenant on November 1, 1864. He was mustered out on March 22, 1866.

The 49th United States Colored Infantry was organized on March 11, 1864 from the 11th Louisiana Infantry. The unit was assigned to post and garrison duty at Vicksburg, Mississippi until it was mustered out on March 27, 1866.

Foster died on April 13, 1933 at the age of 91 years. He is buried in the Cedar View Cemetery in Doniphan (Hall County), Nebraska. Foster was a member of the Smith Post (#65) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Doniphan.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.