Biography and History

Paul Ambrose Oliver worked in the shipping business prior to the start of the Civil War. In 1861, Oliver joined the 12th Regiment of the New York National Guard as a second lieutenant. During the war, Oliver was present at the battles of 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredricksburg, and Chancellorsville. Oliver left the army in 1865, having been brevetted to the rank of brigadier general of volunteers for his actions at Resaca, Ga. In 1892, Oliver was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his conduct at Resaca. Following the war, Oliver established and operated an explosives factory in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Source: From the finding aid for C0534