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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1853

Vol. II

(Born Md.)

George Bell

(Ap'd Md.)


Born Mar. 12, 1828, Hagerstown, MD.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1848, to July 1, 1853, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1853.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., 1853‑54; on frontier duty

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Oct. 31, 1853)

at Ft. McIntosh, Tex., and Scouting, 1854‑56; in Florida Hostilities

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 30, 1855, to May 14, 1861)

against the Seminole Indians, 1856; on frontier duty at Ft. Brown, Tex., 1856‑57, — San Antonio, Tex., 1857‑58, being on Commissary duty and in charge of Ordnance Depot, Apr. to June, 1858; in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1858‑59; on March to Ft. Clark, Tex., 1859; and on Coast Survey, Nov. 15, 1859, to Apr. 24, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as Bearer of Dispatches from the General-in‑Chief to the commanding officer at Indianola, Tex., Mar. 23 to Apr. 23, 1861; with Battery in Defense of Washington, D. C., Apr. 24‑27, 1861; as Depot Commissary and Quartermaster at Annapolis Junction, Md., Apr. 27 to June 28, 1861; as Assistant in the organization of the Subsistence Department for, and serving in, the Manassas Campaign of July, 1861; in charge of Alexandria Subsistence Depot, Va., and of the instruction of Volunteer Commissaries, Aug. 1, 1861, to Mar. 25, 1862; as Principal Asst. Commissary

(Captain, Staff — Com. of Subsistence, Aug. 3, 1861)

to the Army of the Potomac in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign, Mar. 25 to Aug. 28, 1862; in charge of Alexandria Subsistence Depot,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, — Com. of Subsistence, U. S. Volunteers,
Aug. 28, 1862, to Aug. 15, 1865)

Va., and of the instruction of Volunteer Commissaries, Aug. 28, 1862, to June 15, 1863; as Chief of Commissariat of the Department of the Susquehanna, headquarters, Harrisburg, Pa., June 15 to Aug. 5, 1863; and in charge of Alexandria Subsistence Depot, Va., and of the instruction of Volunteer Commissaries, Aug. 5 to Nov. 5, 1863, — and of Washington Subsistence Depot, D. C., Nov. 5, 1863, to Oct. 26, 1865.

Bvt. Major, Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., and Bvt. Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion.

Bvt. Brig.‑General, Apr. 9, 1865,
for Faithful and Meritorious Service during the Rebellion.

Major, Staff — Com. of Subsistence, Apr. 25, 1865.

Served: as Chief of Commissariat Department of Washington, Oct. 26,  p532 1865, to Mar. 16, 1869, — of the Department of the Potomac, Oct. 22, 1866, to Mar. 11, 1867, — and of the First Military District (Virginia), to Apr. 24, 1867; as Purchasing and Depot Commissary, Washington, D. C., Mar. 16, 1869, to Dec. 31, 1876; and Acting Depot Quartermaster, July 2 to Dec. 17, 1874, and Mar. 5 to Aug. 1, 1875; on Special duty and settling accounts, Jan. to Feb. 6, 1877; as Chief of Commissariat, Department of the South, and Purchasing Commissary at Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 9, 1877, to Oct., 1878 (on temporary duty in Commissary-General's Office, Sep. 26 to Nov. 6, 1877); and at Cincinnati, O., Oct. 4, 1878, to Nov. 24, 1879; as Chief Commissary of Subsistence of the Department of the Missouri, and Purchasing and Depot Commissary, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Nov. 29, 1879, to Oct. 22, 1884; and as Purchasing and Depot Commissary of Subsistence, at New York city, Oct. 31, 1884, to –––––.

Lieut.‑Col., Staff — Com. of Subsistence, Nov. 9, 1884.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Colonel and Assistant Commissary-General of Subsistence in charge of New York city Purchasing and Supply Depot of the Subsistence Department, until March 12, 1892, when he was

Retired from Active Service, he being 64 Years of Age,
March 12, 1892.

— Residence, Washington City, D. C.

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

Military History. — Retired officer. — Residence, Washington, D. C.

Died Jan. 2, 1907, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 79.

See Annual Association of Graduates U. S. M. A., 1907, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD.

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