George Henry Hildt(1835 - 1914)
Home State: Ohio
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 30th Ohio Infantry
see his Battle Report
Before the Antietam Campaign:
An Ohio native, he had briefly homesteaded in Kansas in 1857 [diary extract], and worked in St Louis, but returned to Ohio in 1859. He served in the 3-month 16th Ohio Infantry, enlisting as Private in Company F and being promoted 2nd Lieutenant on 6 June. He mustered out with the Company on 18 August. He then helped recruit another Company of volunteers which became Company I of the new 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI). He mustered in as Captain on 22 August 22, 1861. He was promoted to Major of the Regiment on 28 January 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He took command of the regiment during the battle on September 17th, as the senior officer, after LCol Jones was captured. Colonel Ewing had previously been promoted to brigade command.
The remainder of the War:
The regiment headed south and west in the later part of 1862 and early '63, seeing service in Kentucky, Arkansas, and three month stretch in Louisiana to March 1863. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel on 18 April 1863 at Walnut Hils, Mississippi - then in operations around and in the seige of Vicksburg. He was wounded there (left hip) on 22 May 1863.
The regiment was at Chattanooga and Knoxville in early 1864, and on the Atlanta Campaign May to September. He resigned on 22 September 1864.
After the War:
He returned to Canal Dover (now Dover), Ohio and was a pension agent, once clerk in the office of Secretary of State of Ohio, and active in the Loyal Legion and Army of the Tennessee veteran's groups. He also held the position of Commander of the Ricksecker Post (No. 469) of the Grand Army of the Republic. He married Angeline Harbaugh Switzer in 1875, and they had two sons (John E. and Fred T.).
References, Sources, and other notes:
The photo above is from a CDV kindly provided by family historian Vicki (Hildt) Marjerrison, who gave us the considerable details of George's life and service. Personal details also corroborated by George's daughter-in-law through the Kansas Historical Society (1938-41), with military service dates documented in the Rosters1. Additional facts are from a family genealogy.
|Birth Date: 10/11/1835 Place of Birth: Canal Dover, OH |
Death Date: 05/17/1914 Death Place: Dover, OH Burial Place: Maple Grove Cemetery, Dover, OH
1 State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 1, pg. 344; Vol. 3, pg. 395 [AotW citation 1106]
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