George W GileHome State: Pennsylvania
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 88th Pennsylvania Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He mustered into the Regiment as Major September 18, 1861. His first serious combat was at 2nd Bull Run (30 Aug 1862). At that battle .. "Colonel M'Lean being absent, sick, the command devolved upon Lieutenant Colonel Joseph A. M'Lean, who shortly after the action opened was mortally wounded, the command devolving on Major Gile."
He was promoted to Lt. Colonel to fill LCol McLean's position, September 1, 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
"Major Gile [in command] and [senior] Captain Steeples were severely wounded early in the fight. Captain Carmack assumed command, but he also was soon wounded, and the ranks were becoming rapidly decimated." Command then devolved on Capt Myers, Company B.
The remainder of the War:
LCol Gile was promoted to Colonel, December 1, 1862; Discharged March 3, 1863, for wounds received at Antietam, Md., September 17, 1862.
(Cited by brevet Brigadier General, May 6, 1865).
References, Sources, and other notes:
Source: Bates, Samuel P., History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg, 1868-1871.; Extracted online at the Pennsylvania in the Civil War site.
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