Friday, May 23, 2008

A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. George Washington STRONG (1838 - 1863)

How Related: Half-brother of my 2nd-great-grandfather, Charles Frisbe STRONG

Born: c. 1838 in Ontario Co., New York

Parents: Zeri STRONG (1807 - 1872) and Lydia LANE (d. bef. 1846); step-mother Jemima JACOBS (c. 1817 - aft. 1880)

Siblings: Ambrose J. (1835 - 1864); Paula (c. 1839 - 1842); Maryette (b. c. 1841); and Herman Alonzo STRONG (1843 - 1930). Younger paternal half-siblings: Lydia Jane (b. c. 1847); Charles Frisbe (1852 - 1921) - my ancestor; James Adelbert (c. 1852 - 1918); Frederick W. (c. 1856 - 1888) and Juliette STRONG (c. 1859 - 1878)

Married: name of wife unknown (see biographical info)

Children: none known

Source: Civil War Pension Index Card of George W. Strong. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital image purchased at Footnote []

Enlisted: 18 August 1862 at Caroline, Tompkins Co., New York; private. Enlisted 23 August 1862 in Co. G, 137th New York Infantry.

Side Served: Union

Discharged: Died of wounds on 8 July 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.


Biography or Information of Interest: On 18 August 1862, George and his older brother Ambrose enlisted together in Company G of the 137th New York Infantry. Only nine days, earlier, brother Herman joined Company B of the 109th New York Infantry. One day later (19 August), Charles H. ROCKWELL joined the same company as George and Ambrose. Charles' sister Ann and George and Ambrose's younger half-brother Charles STRONG would marry eleven years later, and become my 2nd-great-grandparents.

Ambrose was a musician; George an infantryman. Together they served in the company until George was killed at Gettysburg. Ambrose died of disease in Alabama a mere seven months later. I had no idea that George had married until I saw his pension index card and noticed that a pension application had been made by his widow. Not having access to his actual pension file, I don't have further information on her or any possible children (not likely, as no pension application for a dependent minor was made).

Died: of wounds sustained in battle, 27 July 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Buried: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; memorial marker also at Baptist Cemetery, Willseyville, Tioga Co., New York

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