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Federal (USA)

Lieutenant Colonel

George Newman Bomford

(1841 - 1897)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 42nd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He served for three months as Private in Company G of the 7th New York State Militia from April - July 1861. He enrolled at Great Neck and mustered in as First Lieutenant and Adjutant of the 42nd New York Infantry on 28 June 1861, was appointed Captain of Company B on 10 February 1862, and Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment on 2 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the Regiment in Maryland, and was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was honorably discharged on 16 March 1863. He enlisted in the 15th US Infantry in August 1864 and was appointed Sergeant, Company D in the First Battalion. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant then transferred as First Lieutenant to the 7th US Infantry on 12 November 1864.

After the War

He continued in Regular Army service, transferring to the 18th Infantry on 28 November 1871. He was promoted to Captain on 6 February 1882. He was honored by brevet in 1867 to Captain for gallantry at Antietam and Major for service at Fredericksburg. He retired on 21 June 1890.

References & notes

Basic volunteer service data from the State of New York1. Regular Army information from Heitman2. Further from his death notice in the New York Times.


1841 in NY


09/05/1897 New York City, NY; burial in Evergreen Cemetery and Crematory, Hillside, NJ


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 23 (for the year 1900), pg. 901  [AotW citation 8478]

2   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 229  [AotW citation 8479]