Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia
Owen F. Solomon
1829 – September 27, 1859
Carved atop a shaft of white marble rests a pillow with the hat of a soldier. There are four symbols on this monument: the soldier’s hat, a sword, the laurel wreath, and the Masonic symbol. With the exception of the later, the others refer to Solomon’s service in the Army.
The entry (#1596) in Bvt. Major-General George Washington Cullum’s (Colonel, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army) Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, from Its Establishment March 16, 1802 to the Army Reorganization of 1866-67, Second Edition, Volume 2 (published by D. Van Nostrand, 192 Broadway, New York, 1891) details his military career:
Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1849, to July 1, 1853, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to
Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1853.
Served: in garrison at Ft. Moultrie, South Carolina, 1853, — and Ft. Myers,
(Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, Nov. 25, 1853)
Fla., 1853‑54; on frontier duty at Ft. Brady, Michigan, 1854‑55, — and Ft. Brown, Texas, 1856; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, 1856‑57; (First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Oct. 31, 1856)
Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1857‑58; and on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, as Acting Asst. Adjutant-General, Feb. 6 to May 18, 1858, in quelling Kansas Disturbances, — and Ft. Laramie, Dakota Territory, 1858‑59.
Solomon died, Sep. 27, 1859, at Ft. Laramie, Dakota Territory.
Owen F. Solomon was 30 years old. His body was brought to Atlanta, Georgia, and he was buried in the Oakland Cemetery.
The monument bears his name within a laurel wreath but the other details are illegible. The laurel wreath dates back to Roman times when soldiers wore them as triumphal signs of glory. The laurel was also believed to wash away the soldier’s guilt from injuring or killing any of his opponents. In funerary art the laurel wreath is often seen as a symbol of victory over death.