1st Sergeant Milton M. Owen
F Company

Born on the 7 September 1840 in Jackson Co, now Putnam Co, TN, the son of Wiley U. and Nancy (Smith) Owen. 

He enlisted 14 March 1862 at McMinnville. His two brothers also enlisted in the Regiment, John F. and Rufus E. Owen, both were killed.

Promoted to the rank of Orderly Sergeant on the 1(11) July 1863.

After having one brother, Rufus Everett Owen, shot dead at his side at the Battle of Peachtree Creek, GA, 20 July 1864, he stopped to cover his brothers face with a handkerchief before rejoining the firing line when he was shot twice clear through the right leg, above the knee.  The other, John F. Owen, killed in the battle of Jonesboro, 31 August - 1 September1864.

States he was carried off the field and sent to a hospital at Columbus, GA. with gangrene, was hospitalized until April 1865.

Was paroled at Vineville, GA, making his way home barely able to walk on crutch and stick, where he arrived at on 19 May 1865.

He married Margaret Mary Farmer about 1868 in Putnam County, they had two children Clarence and Everette Owen. She was the daughter of Stephen and Eliza (Smith) Farmer, born 11 November 1838, in Greene Co, 1838 died 2 April 1873, in Putnam Co.  She is buried in the Terry Cemetery, Putnam, Co.

He later married Henrietta Frances Dowell, about 1877 in Putnam Co., born 11 October 1844(7), died 27 February 1921, the daughter of John Martin and Nancy Jane (Terry) Dowell, they had no children.

He raised P. H. Horner from a little boy. (He deeded 268 (255) acres of land to him and again in May 1908 deeded 100 acres to him.)

He was a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church for fifty years

For many years he was chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee of this county. He has served for many years as one of the Commissioners of the County Farm.

Applied for a pension, #10090, on the 15 April 1908 when he was living in Cookeville, Putnam Co, TN, which was accepted. He apparently was dropped from the pension rolls 9 September 1919 over the land he had deeded.

He died 5 April 1922 and was buried at Smiths Chapel Cemetery, Bangham, Putnam County, TN, with his second wife


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