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General Otho French Strahl, CSA

 
 
General Otho French Strahl, CSA Marker, Side One image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 12, 2018
1. General Otho French Strahl, CSA Marker, Side One
Inscription. Born in 1832, Otho French Strahl grew up in Malta Township, Morgan County, Ohio. After attending Ohio Wesleyan University and teaching in a schoolhouse that stood on this site, he moved to Tennessee, becoming a successful attorney and landowner. Following the attack on Fort Sumter and President Abraham Lincolnís call to arms, Strahl chose to stay and fight with his adopted state. Despite his northern roots, he was elected Captain of the Dryers Guards, his local volunteer unit in Tennessee. Two years later, he attained the rank of brigadier general in the Confederate army and served with distinction in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. At the age of 32, Strahl was one of six Confederate generals killed or mortally wounded at the Battle of Franklin. He is buried in Old City Cemetery in Dryersburg, Tennessee.

General Strahl had a premonition of his own death when Confederate General John Bell Hood ordered an attack on the Federal defenses at Franklin, Tennessee. Prior to the engagement, he gave his prized mare “Lady Polk” to his friend Chaplain Charles Quintard. Strahl was killed in the assault, as was Lieutenant John Marsh, a former student of Strahl who requested to serve under his command. Quitard personally saw to the burial of Marsh and rode Lady Polk for the remainder of the war. He later sold the
General Otho French Strahl, CSA Marker, Side Two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 12, 2018
2. General Otho French Strahl, CSA Marker, Side Two
steed, using the proceeds to commission a beautiful stained glass window, memorializing General Strahl and Lieutenant Marsh, in St. James Episcopal Church in Bolivar, Tennessee.
 
Erected 2009 by Brigadier General Roswell S. Ripley Camp No. 1535, SCV; and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 20-58.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 38.938′ N, 81° 51.714′ W. Marker is in Malta, Ohio, in Morgan County. Marker is on North Main Street south of 5th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 411 N Main St, Malta OH 43758, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Boulder (here, next to this marker); Joseph Bailey / Jeremiah Rusk (a few steps from this marker); Otho French Strahl (a few steps from this marker); Malta Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Morgan County Dungeon (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Hollow School (within shouting distance
General Otho French Strahl, CSA Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 12, 2018
3. General Otho French Strahl, CSA Marker
of this marker); J. Frank Demster Memorial Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Goins Field (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Malta.
 
Also see . . .  . “Both of his grandmothers had been raised in the South and, through their strong influence, Strahl became an ardent supporter of states' rights.” (Submitted on August 25, 2018.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Close up of photograph embedded on the marker image. Click for full size.
4. Close up of photograph embedded on the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 25, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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