Orindatus Simon Bolivar Wall Photo

Orindatus Simon Bolivar Wall

Born: Aug 12, 1825

Death: Apr 26, 1891

Birthplace: Richmond County

Nationality: United States

Orindatus Simon Bolivar Wall

Date of Birth : Aug 12, 1825
Date of Death : Apr 26, 1891
Birth Place : Richmond County

Orindatus Simon Bolivar Wall, known as O.S.B. Wall, was the son of a white North Carolina planter, Colonel Stephen Wall, and his slave, Pricilla, who, during the American Civil War, became the first black man to be commissioned as captain in the Regular U.S. Army. Stephen Wall and Priscilla had four children: O.S.B., Napoleon, Caroline Matilda, and Benjamin Franklin Wall. Priscilla's sister Jane had one child with Stephen Wall as well, Sara Kelly Wall. Stephen Wall also had two sons, John and Albert Wall, with another enslaved woman, Rody. In 1838, Stephen Wall freed O.S.B., Napoleon, Caroline, Benjamin, and Sara, and sent them to live in the Quaker settlement of Harveysburg, Ohio, trusting $1,000 for each child to their guardian, Nathan Dix. Their younger half-brothers, John and Albert, would join them in 1845 after Stephen Wall's death. Wall attended Oberlin College, established a successful footwear business in the town of Oberlin, Ohio and then read law under John M. Langston, who had married Wall's sister Caroline in 1854. Wall was arrested and prosecuted for his part in the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue.

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