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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1835

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

George W. Morell

(Ap'd N. Y.)


George Webb Morell: Born January 8, 1815, Cooperstown, NY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1831, to July 1, 1835, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1835.

Served: as Asst. Engineer in the Improvement of Lake Erie harbors,

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Oct. 31, 1836)

1835‑36, — on the Ohio and Michigan Boundary Survey, 1836, — and in the construction of Ft. Adams, Newport harbor, R. I., 1836‑37.

Resigned, June 30, 1837.

Civil History. — Asst. Engineer, Charleston and Cincinnati projected Railroad, 1837‑38, — and of Michigan Central Railroad, 1838‑39. Counselor at Law, New York city, 1842‑61. Major, 4th New York Volunteers, July 23, 1846, raised for the War with Mexico, but not mustered into service. Division Engineer, 1st Division New York Militia, with the rank of Major, 1849‑52, and of Colonel, 1852‑61. Commissioner of the Circuit Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York, 1854‑61. Notary Public, New York city, 1854‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑64: as Chief of Staff of Major-General Sanford, in organizing

(Colonel, Staff — Inspector, 1st Division, N. Y. Militia, Apr. 15, 1861)

regiments at New York city, and forwarding them to the seat of war, Apr. 16 to May 20, 1861, — in the defenses of Washington, D. C., May 20 to July 7, 1861, — and in Operations about Harper's Ferry, Va.,

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Aug. 9, 1861)

July 7 to Aug. 21, 1861; in guarding the approaches to Washington, D. C., Aug. 21, 1861, to Mar. 10, 1862; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in a Skirmish at Howard's Bridge, Apr. 4, 1862, — Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Capture of Hanover C. H., May 27, 1862, — Battle of Mechanicsville, June 26, 1862, — Battle of Gaines' Mill, June 27, 1862, — and Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; in Northern Virginia

(Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, July 4, 1862,
but Nomination not being made to Senate, it expired Mar. 4, 1863)

Campaign, Aug. to Sep., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Manassas, Aug. 30, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Sep.‑Oct., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862; in command of the forces guarding the Upper Potomac, Oct. 30 to Dec. 16, 1862; in waiting orders at Washington, D. C., Dec. 16, 1862, to Dec. 15, 1863; and in command of Draft Rendezvous at Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 15, 1863, to Aug. 29, 1864.

Mustered out of Service, Dec. 15, 1864.

Civil History. — Farmer, Scarborough, N. Y., 1864‑83.

Died, Feb. 12,​a 1883, at Scarborough, N. Y.: Aged 68.

Buried, St. Marys Episcopal Church, Scarborough, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a His tombstone (q.v.) gives Feb. 11: the photo is very difficult to read, but is confirmed by his obituary in The New York Times, that also provides some slight additional biographical information. Unfortunately, with the continued shrinkage of the Web, the obituary was pulled from the site I found it on.

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