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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1840

Vol. II

(Born D. C.)

George W. Getty

(Ap'd D. C.)


George Washington Getty: Born Oct. 2, 1819.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1836, to July 1, 1840, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1840.

 p42  Served: on the Northern Frontier during Canada Border Disturbances, at Detroit, Mich., 1840, Dearbornville, Mich., 1840‑41, — Ft. Mackinac, Mich., 1841, — and Ft. Niagara, N. Y., 1841‑42; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1842‑44, — Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1844‑45, — and Ft.

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Oct. 31, 1845)

Monroe, Va., 1845‑46; on Recruiting service, 1846‑47; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1847; in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48, being engaged in the Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Molino del Rey,

(Bvt. Capt., Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

Sep. 8, 1847, — Storming of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1848, — and Ft. Brooke, Fla., 1849; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1849‑50; in garrison at Key West, Fla., 1850, — Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1850‑51, — Ft. Johnston, N. C., 1851‑52, — Ft. Brady, Mich., 1852‑53, — Ft. Niagara, N. Y., 1853, — and Ft. Hamilton,

(Captain, 4th Artillery, Nov. 4, 1853)

N. Y., 1853‑56; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1856‑57; and on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, 1857‑58, in quelling Kansas Disturbances, — Platte Bridge, Neb., 1858‑59, — Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1859, — and Ft. Randall, Dak., 1859; on leave of absence, 1860‑61; and on frontier duty at Ft. Randall, Dak., 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in command

(Transferred to 5th Artillery, May 14, 1861)

of an Artillery Battalion at Cincinnati, O., May to Aug., 1861; in command of the Artillery in the engagements with the Rebel Batteries

(Lieut.‑Col., Staff — Additional Aide-de‑Camp, Sep. 28, 1861)

on the Potomac River, near Budd's Ferry, Nov. and Dec., 1861; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, in command of four batteries, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Gaines's Mill, June 27, 1862, — and Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of South Mountain, Sep. 14, 1862, — Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, —

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Sep. 25, 1862)

and march to Falmouth, Va., Oct. and Nov., 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to Mar., 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862; in Operations about Suffolk, Va., on the line of the Nansemond River, during the Defense of Suffolk, Apr. 11 to May 3, 1863, — in command of Storming column in

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Apr. 19, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Siege of Suffolk, Va.)

Assault of Hill's Point works and battery, Apr. 19, 1863, — in making reconnoissance and commanding in engagement on Providence Church road, near Suffolk, May 3, 1863, — and in command of troops constructing intrenched line covering Norfolk and Portsmouth, May 13 to June 23, 1863; in command of Expedition from White House to South Anna

(Major, 5th Artillery, Aug. 1, 1863)

Bridges, July 1‑8, 1863; as Acting Inspector-General of the Army of the Potomac, Jan. 27 to Mar. 18, 1864; in the Richmond Campaign (Army of the Potomac), being engaged in the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5‑6, 1864, where he was severely wounded, — March from White

(Bvt. Colonel, Mar. 5, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of the Wilderness, Va.)

 p43  House, Va., to James River, June, 1864, — and Siege of Petersburg, and Expedition to Ream's Station, Weldon Railroad, June 28 to July 10, 1864; in Defense of Washington, D. C., July 11‑12, 1864; in pursuit of rebels under General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Early to the Shenandoah Valley, July 13 to Aug. 9, 1864; in the Shenandoah Campaign, Aug. 10 to Dec. 2, 1864, being engaged in the Action of Charlestown, Aug. 21, 1864, — Battle of the Opequan,

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Aug. 1, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services
at the Battles of Winchester and Fisher's Hill, Va.)

Sep. 19, 1864, — Battle of Fisher's Hill, Sep. 22‑23, 1864, — and Battle of Cedar Creek, Oct. 19, 1864, — Siege of Petersburg, Dec. 12, 1864, to Apr. 2, 1865, being engaged in the Assaults of Mar. 25 and Apr. 2, 1865,

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Capture of Petersburg, Va.)

upon the enemy's works, — Pursuit of the Rebel Army, Apr. 3‑9, 1865, — Battle of Sailor's Creek, Apr. 6, 1865, — Combat of Farmville, Apr. 7, 1865, — and Capitulation of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Lee, with the Army of Northern Virginia, at Appomattox C. H., Apr. 9, 1865; on march to and about

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Field during the Rebellion)

Washington, D. C., Apr. 10 to June 28, 1865; in command of 1st Division, Provisional Corps, June 28 to July 17, 1865; in waiting orders, July 17 to Aug. 9, 1865; and in command of District of Baltimore, Md., Aug. 9, 1865, to Jan. 29, 1866, — and of the District of the Rio Grande,

(Colonel, 37th Infantry, July 28, 1866)

Feb. 19 to Aug. 31, 1866.

Served: in command of the District of Texas, Aug. 31 to Oct. 9, 1866;

(Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Sep. 1, 1866)

on leave of absence, and awaiting orders, Oct. 9, 1866, to Apr. 3, 1867; in command of the District of New Mexico, Apr. 11, 1867, to Jan. 11,

(Colonel, 3d Infantry, Mar. 15, 1869)

1871, — and of regiment, headquarters Charleston, S. C., Apr. 4, 1871, to

(Transferred to 3d Artillery, Jan. 1, 1871)

July 6, 1872; awaiting orders and detached service, July 6 to Nov. 12, 1872; in command of regiment, headquarters at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., Nov. 12, 1872, to Feb. 27, 1877; as Member of Court of Inquiry, Mar. 10 to May 9, 1874; in command of Post and Artillery School for Practice, Ft. Monroe, Va., Mar. 1, 1877, to July 9, 1883, except while detached in command of troops along Baltimore and Ohio Railroad during labor strikes, June 24 to July 25, 1877; as Member of Court of Inquiry in case of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Fitz-John Porter, June 9, 1878, to June 15, 1879; as President of Board to examine Inventories of Heavy Ordnance and Projectiles, July 11, 1881, to May 18, 1882; and on sick leave of absence,

(Transferred to 4th Artillery, July 17, 1882)

July 9 to Oct. 2, 1883.

Retired from Active Service, Oct. 2, 1883, he being 64 Years of Age.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]º

Military History. — Retired officer.

Died Oct. 1, 1901, at Forest Glen, Md.: Aged 82.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1903, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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