|Birth||Feb. 19, 1842|
|Death||June 24, 1935|
|Cemetery||Grand Island (Grand Island)|
|Post||Lyon (Grand Island)|
|Unit||9th Illinois Cavalry, Company I|
First Lieutenant Othman A Abbott
Company I, 9th Illinois Infantry
Abbott was born in Canada on February 19, 1842. He was residing in North Kingston (Dekalb County), Illinois when he enlisted on September 12, 1861. Illinois records indicate that he was a 19-year old farmer. He was mustered on October 23, 1861 and served over 4 years. He re-enlisted on March 1, 1864 and was promoted to sergeant on the same date. Abbott was promoted to 2nd lieutenant on October 22, 1864 and to 1st lieutenant on May 10, 1865. Lieutenant Abbott was discharged on October 31, 1865 at Selma, Alabama.
The 9th Illinois Cavalry was mustered at Chicago on November 30, 1861. The unit lost 1 officer and 45 enlisted men in action during the War. The Battle of Nashville (December 15-16, 1864) was the unit’s most notable engagement. The regiment was mustered out of the service on October 31, 1865 at Selma, Alabama.
Abbott died on June 24, 1935 at the age of 92 years. He is buried in the Grand Island Cemetery in Grand Island (Hall County), Nebraska. Some additional comments regarding Lieutenant Abbott include:
He was a member of the Lyon Post (#11) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Grand Island.
In 1876, he was elected as the first lieutenant governor of Nebraska.
Lieutenant Abbott was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS). The organized was started in 1865 and consisted of approximately 12,000 Union officers.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.