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Federal (USV)


George W. Stevenson

(1835 - 1914)
Home State: Wisconsin
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 3rd Wisconsin Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Wiota, he was appointed First Lieutenant, Company H, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry on 24 April 1861. He was promoted to Captain, Company B, on 13 August 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The remainder of the War:
On 9 June 1863 at Brandy Station, VA ...
I [Col Flood, 3rd Wisconsin] left one company of the Third Wisconsin and one from the Second Massachusetts (then with me), under command of Capt. Stevenson, Third Wisconsin Volunteers, and proceeded with the remainder of the Third Wisconsin to Col. Devin ... Meanwhile the force left under command of Capt. Stevenson was sent, by order of Gen. Ames, to Gen. Buford, on the right. By him they were ordered to dislodge a force of dismounted cavalry of the enemy, who were advantageously posted behind a stone wall in such position that they had repulsed several charges of our cavalry. By a circuitous movement they gained the same side of the wall with the enemy, moved immediately upon them under cover of a little rise of ground, and opened a deadly enfilading fire upon them. After replying impetuously for some minutes, the rebel force, several hundred strong, fled in confusion, leaving a number of dead and wounded on the field greater than that of the force which had thus driven them. Ten prisoners were also captured ...
He was appointed Major on 3 November 1863 and Lieutenant Colonel 4 December 1863. He was again wounded, in action at Argyle Island, SC on 17 December 1864. He was honored by brevet to Colonel, US Volunteers on 13 March 1865, and mustered out with the Regiment on 18 July 1865.

After the War:
He was President of the Regimental Association at its first annual meeting in 1890, and living in Wiota.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Bryant1. The quote above from the After-Action Report of Col. Martin Flood, 3rd Wisconsin of 16 June 1863. His gravesite is online from Findagrave.

Burial Place: Union Grove Cemetery, Darlington, WI


1   Bryant, Edwin Eustace, History of the Third Regiment of Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865, Madison: Arthur H Clark Co. for the Veteran Association of the Regiment, 1891, pp. 407 - 409  [AotW citation 15143]

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