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Brig. Gen. William W. Orme - Vicksburg National Military Park
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N 32° 18.861 W 090° 52.811
15S E 699561 N 3577253
Quick Description: This memorial is located in the center of a grassy area in front of the Pemberton Plaza. South of 3405 Pemberton Square Boulevard.
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date Posted: 1/12/2015 6:30:26 AM
Waymark Code: WMN7FM
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
From Wikipedia:
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"Brigadier General William Ward Orme was born in Washington, D.C. in 1832. He moved to Bloomington, Illinois, in McLean County, prior to 1860 where he practiced law in the law firm of Swett & Orme. His partner was Leonard Swett. While practicing law in Illinois he caught the attention of Abraham Lincoln who called Orme the most promising lawyer in Illinois.

He was a delegate to the Illinois State Constitutional Convention in 1860. He was a friend of Supreme Court Justice David Davis. When Abraham Lincoln appointed Davis to the Supreme Court, Davis wrote Orme about the news.

Orme formed and commanded the 94th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, known as the "McLean Regiment." At the time, he was a colonel. He led a brigade under Francis J. Herron at the battle of Prairie Grove and, for his performance there, was promoted to Brigadier General postdated to 29 November 1862. Herron's division was transferred to the Army of the Tennessee and Orme continued in command of his brigade during the siege of Vicksburg. Upon the Confederate surrender, Orme's brigade led the Union army into the fallen the city of Vicksburg.

It was during his time in Mississippi that Orme contracted tuberculosis. His brigade was transferred to the Department of the Gulf but he was soon forced relinquish his command due to failing health. He was appointed commander of the Camp Douglas Prison but even that became to difficult for his health. He retired from the military in 1864 to become Supervising Agent for the United States Treasury. Ormed finally succumbed to his illness and died in 1866 at his home in Illinois.

A collection of Orme's papers is held by the University of Illinois Library's Illinois History and Lincoln Collections.

A bronze marker in Orme's honor was erected in 1917 at Vicksburg National Military Park."

From Smithsonian website:
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"Sculptor:
Kitson, Theo Alice Ruggles 1871-1932

Founder:
Gorham Manufacturing Company

Subject:
Orme, William W

Medium:
Relief plaque: bronze;
Base: polished pink and grey granite

Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures

Owner/Location:
Administered by United States Department of the Interior National Park Service Washington District of Columbia
Administered by Vicksburg National Military Park 3201 Clay Street, Box 349 Vicksburg Mississippi 39180
Located Pemberton Plaza area Vicksburg Mississippi

Date:
Dedicated Sept. 1917

Topic:
History--United States--Civil War
Portrait male--Bust
Occupation--Military--Brigadier General

Control number:
IAS MS000307

Notes:Save Outdoor Sculpture, Mississippi survey, 1993
National Park Service, American Monuments and Outdoor Sculpture Database, MS7289, 1989

Summary:
A bust-length relief portrait of Brigadier General William W. Orme in military uniform, wearing a mustache. The portrait is placed above an inscription, and the relief plaque is bordered by a decorative border which divides the inscription from the portrait. The relief plaque is affixed to the upper section of a two-sectioned base, and is set upon a foundation

Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums"
Union or Confederacy: Union - North

General's Name: William Ward Orme

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