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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1854

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

George A. Gordon

(Ap'd at Large)


Born June 13, 1833.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1850, to July 1, 1854, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Artillery, July 1, 1854.

Served: on frontier duty at San Diego, Cal., 1854‑55, — Ft. Riley, Kan.,

(Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, Feb. 20, 1855)

(Transferred to 2d Dragoons, Mar. 3, 1855)

1855‑57, — Quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1857, — Utah Expedition, 1857‑60, — March to Oregon, 1860, — and Ft. Crittenden, Utah, 1860‑61.

First Lieut., 2d Dragoons, June 4, 1858.

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

(Captain, 2d Dragoons, May 30, 1861: 2d Cavalry, Aug. 3, 1861)

Defenses of Washington, D. C., Oct., 1861, to Mar., 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to June, 1862; on Provost Guard duty, being engaged in the Reconnoissance near New Bridge, Va., Mar. 24, 1862, — and Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4,

(Bvt. Major, Mar. 24, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services on the Reconnoissance near New Bridge, Va.)

1862; on leave of absence, June 18 to July 9, 1862; at Harrison's Landing, Va., July‑Aug., 1862; in the Maryland Campaign in command of Regiment (Army of the Potomac), Sep.‑Oct., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of South Mountain, Sep. 14, 1862, — and Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862; as Inspector of horses at Washington, D. C., Oct. 24, 1862,  p594 to Jan., 1863; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Jan. to June, 1863, being engaged in command of Regiment, Feb. 6 to Mar. 26, 1863, — and as Chief Ordnance Officer and Commissary of Musters at headquarters of Cavalry Corps, Apr. 5 to June, 1863; on sick leave of absence, June to July 6, 1863; on the March to Warrenton, Va. (Army of the Potomac), being engaged in several skirmishes, July, 1863; absent sick and inspecting horses at Washington, D. C., Aug. to Oct., 1863; in command of Regiment, Oct., 1863 to Feb., 1864, and Company, Feb. to May, 1864, near the Rapidan River, engaged chiefly on Picket duty; in the Richmond Campaign, as Aide-de‑Camp to Generals Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Merritt and Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Torbert, and Commissary of Musters to 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, May 5 to Aug. 29, 1864, being engaged in "Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sheridan's first Raid" on Richmond, and second Raid to Trevillian Station; as

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., June 11, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Trevillian Station, Va.)

Commissary of Musters, Cavalry Corps, in the Shenandoah Campaign, and as Special Inspector of Cavalry, Department of West Virginia, Aug. 29 to Dec. 7, 1864; as Asst. Commissary of Musters, 1st Cavalry Division, Army of the Shenandoah, Dec. 7, 1864, to May, 1865; on the Staff of General Merritt as Acting Asst. Adjutant-General, June to Aug., 1865, and Act Asst. Inspector-General, Aug. to Nov., 1865; and on frontier duty at Ft. Riley, Kan., Dec. 22, 1865, to Feb. 12, 1866, — and Ft. Dodge, Kan., Feb. to Aug., 1866.

Served: on Recruiting service, Aug. 5, 1866, to Dec., 1867; on leave

(Major, 4th Cavalry, Nov. 1, 1867)

of absence, to Feb., 1868; on frontier duty at Ft. McKavett, Tex., to Aug., 1868, — Ft. Concho, Tex., to Mar., 1869, — Austin, Tex., to May, 1869, — Jefferson, Tex., Member of Commission, in arrest, and awaiting orders, to Oct., 1869, — Austin, Tex., in arrest, Oct., 1869, — Ft. Griffin, Tex. (undergoing sentence of suspension to July 1, 1870), to Dec., 1870;

(Unassigned, Dec. 15, 1870)

and awaiting orders to Jan. 1, 1871.

Honorably Mustered out of Service, Jan. 1, 1871.

Re-appointed in the Army as Major, 5th Cavalry, Feb. 10, 1873.

Served: under the orders of the Treasury Department at Galveston, Tex., to Mar. 3, 1873; on frontier duty at Benicia, Cal., to Sep. 4, 1874 (Camp Halleck, Nev., to Feb. 4, 1874), — and Camp Grant, Ara., to Oct. 19, 1874; on leave of absence, to July 13, 1875; as Member of Board at Washington, D. C., to examine candidates for appointments to Second Lieutenants, to Oct. 19, 1875; on frontier duty at Camp Supply, I. T., Nov. 11, 1875, to July 19, 1876, — Scouting and at Camp Custer, Nev., to Nov. 1, 1876, — and on Powder River Expedition, to Dec. 4, 1876; under orders of the Lieut.‑General at Washington, D. C., to Mar. 27, 1877; and on frontier duty at Sidney Barracks, Neb., from Apr. 3, 1877, to –––––.

Died, Oct. 26, 1878, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 45.

Buried, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC.

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