Doors to the Past
John Hunt Oley
BREVET BRIGADIER GENERAL
JOHN HUNT OLEY
In 1880 John Hunt Oley born 1832 in NY, white and single,
source: 1880 Huntington, Cabell Co Census
Brevet Brigadier General
Hunt Oley served first in the Civil War as a Private in the 7th New York
At the Battle of Droop Mountain in 1863, 8th West Virginia mounted infantry regiments, fighting dismounted and under the command of Colonel John H. Oley, made a direct frontal assault on the Confederate center and right. Confederate casualties were two to one.
In June 1865, Colonel John H. Oley, who had been in command in the Kanawha
Valley for a year previously, received an appointment as Brevet
Brigadier-General, for gallant and meritorious service in West Virginia.
Union Gen. John H. Oley, who established Huntington’s school system and is considered the father of public education in the city of Huntington.
The Emmons home in Huntington, West Virginia, where Gen. John Hunt Oley died on March 11, 1888. The home is now a personal care facility.
Photo's from Steven A. Cunningham web site