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G.C. Spear
G.C. Spear

Federal (USA)


George C Spear

(1822 - 1863)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 61st Pennsylvania Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was appointed Major of the 23rd Pennsylvania Infantry on 21 April 1862 for 3 month service, then re-mustered for 3 years on 2 August. He transferred along with 4 Companies of the 23rd and mustered into the 61st Pennsylvania Infantry as Lieutenant Colonel 6 March 1862. He was promoted to Colonel on 1 June 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
In command of the Regiment on the Maryland Campaign.

The remainder of the War:
He was killed in action at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Service information from Bates1. More detail from his gravesite on Findagrave. His photograph from A.T. Brewer's History Sixty-first Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865 (1911), opposite page 44.

Birth State: PA    
Death Date: 05/03/1863    Death Place: Chancellorsville, VA    Burial Place: Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 13232]

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