George Martin Gunnels(1817 - 1896)
Home State: South Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He graduated from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1840, had a very successful practice in Laurens, and may have retired before the War. He also made several safaris to Africa. He was commissioned Captain, Company D, 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion on 1 December 1861 at age 44. Reelected Captain on 28 April 1862 at the reorganization.
In the Antietam Campaign:
Commanded the Battalion as senior officer present at Sharpsburg on 17 September.
The remainder of the War:
He was promoted Major to date from 15 September 1862, but resigned for illness - rheumatism - in April 1863.
After the War:
He moved to near Williston, Marion County, FL in 1865 or 1866, and planted pecans and oranges.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Davis1. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
|Place of Birth: Greenville DIstrict, SC |
Death Date: 05/1896 Death Place: Williston, FL Burial Place: Wacahoota Methodist Cemetery, Williston, FL
1 Davis, Sam B., A History of the 3rd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Battalion (James Battalion): 1861-1865 , Wilmington (NC): Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2009, pp. 68-71, Roster [AotW citation 15979]
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