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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born Mas.)

George H. Gordon

(Ap'd Mas.)


George Henry Gordon: Born July 19, 1823.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1842, to July 1, 1846, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Mounted Rifles, July 1, 1846.

Served: in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, where he was

(Bvt. First Lieut., Apr. 18, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mex.)

 p292  wounded, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — Assault and Capture of the City of Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847, — and in a hand-to‑hand encounter with two guerrillas, near San Juan Bridge, Dec. 21, 1847, where he was severely wounded; on Recruiting service, 1848; on sick leave of absence, 1848‑49; at the

(Second Lieut., Mounted Rifles, Jan. 8, 1848)

Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1849‑50; on frontier duty at Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1850‑51; in garrison at Newport Barracks, Ky., 1851; at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1852; on frontier duty at Ft. Scott, Kan., 1852‑53, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1853, — and

(First Lieut., Mounted Rifles, Aug. 30, 1853)

March to Laramie, Dak., 1853; and on Coast Survey, Mar. 9 to July 26, 1854.

Resigned, Oct. 31, 1854.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, Boston, Mas., 1857‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑65: in guarding the Upper Potomac, July to Dec., 1861, —

(Colonel, 2d Massachusetts Volunteers, May 24, 1861)

and Frederick, Md., Jan. to Mar., 1862; in Operations in Shenandoah Valley, under Major-General Banks, Mar. to June, 1862, being engaged in numerous Skirmishes, — and Combat of Winchester, Va., May 25, 1862; in Northern Virginia Campaign, June to Sep., 1862, being engaged in the

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, June 9, 1862)

Battle of Cedar Mountain, Aug. 9, 1862, — and Battle of Chantilly, Sep. 1, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep., 1862, being engaged in Battle of South Mountain, Sep. 14, 1862, — and Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862; in guarding the Upper Potomac at Harper's Ferry, Sep. to Dec., 1862; in Defense of Suffolk, Va., May, 1863; in command of West Point, Va., May, 1863; on Expedition toward Richmond, June, 1863, being engaged in several Skirmishes; with the Army of the Potomac, in Pursuit of the Rebel army from the Potomac to Warrenton, July, 1863; in Operations about Charleston harbor, S. C., Aug., 1863, to Apr., 1864; in command of Florida, May, 1864; in guarding and keeping open communications by White River with Little Rock, July, 1864; in Operations against Mobile, Ala., Aug., 1864; on duty in the Department of Virginia, Nov., 1864, to June 16, 1865, being in command

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Apr. 9, 1865,
for Meritorious and Distinguished Services)

of the Eastern District of Virginia, Mar. to June 16, 1865; and on leave of absence, June 16 to Aug. 24, 1865.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Aug. 24, 1865.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, Boston, Mas., 1865‑86. U. S. Collector of Internal Revenue, Boston, Mas., 18–––. Author of "History of Second Massachusetts Regiment," 1876; of "History of the Campaign of the Army of Virginia, under General John Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Pope, from Cedar Mountain to Alexandria," 1879; and of "A War Diary of the Events of the War of the Great Rebellion, 1863‑65," 1882.

Died, Aug. 30, 1886, at Framingham, Mas.: Aged 63.

Buried, Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham, MA.

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