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G. Pomeroy

G. Pomeroy

Federal (USV)

Captain

George Pomeroy

(1836 - 1869)

Home State: Minnesota

Command Billet: Company Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Minnesota Infantry

Before Antietam

He operated Spencer & Pomeroy - a hardware store St Anthony - before the War. He mustered into the 1st Minnesota Infantry 29 April 1861, and was elected 2nd Lieutenant of Company E. Promoted to Captain on 22 October 1861.

On the Campaign

Slightly wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862. "He was knocked senseless, for a few minutes, by a miniČ ball. Going into the battle, he had rolled his blanket and slung it across his chest. This was a common way for a soldier to carry some of his gear as he marched. When he was shot the bullet tore through the blanket, but it slowed the ball so no permanent damage was done other than to knock him unconscious when it hit his breast bone".

The rest of the War

He was discharged on 19 September 1862 for a commission as Major of the 146th New York Infantry, but did not muster into that unit. He then accepted a commission as Additional Paymaster, US Volunteers 2 October 1862 - and was probably posted to Albany to manage accounts for New York regiments.

After the War

He was appointed Major and Paymaster in the Regular Army on 28 July 1866. He was honored by brevet to Lieutenant Colonel for faithful and meritorious service during the War, to date from 2 March 1867.

References & notes

First Minnesota data and the quote above from Wayne Jorgenson and Chuck Barden's masterful website. Regular Army and other information from Heitman1. The picture here from a photograph in the collection of the New York Military Museum available online through the New York Heritage portal. Some of his official papers are in the New York State Library - Manuscripts and Special Collections.

Birth

1836 in NY

Death

01/01/1869 Omaha, NE

Notes

1   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. 797  [AotW citation 7816]