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G. Meade
G. Meade

Federal (USA)

Brigadier General

George Gordon Meade

(1815 - 1872)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Command Billet: Commanding Division
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 3rd Division, I Corps

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He graduated from the USMA in 1835, and served in the Seminole War and on ordnance duty. He resigned from the US Army in 1836, and did railroad engineering work and was a surveyor. He rejoined the Army in 1842, performed survey duty, saw action in the Mexican war, and was on engineering duty. In August 1861 he was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers, served in the Washington defenses, and commanded the 2nd Brigade/3rd Division/V Corps during the Seven Days, and at Mechanicsville, Gaines' Mill, and Glendale, where he was wounded. He then commanded the 1st Brigade/Pennsylvania Reserves/III Corps at Second Bull Run.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was in command of the Third Division in the First (I) Corps, and relieved the wounded MGen. Hooker in command of the I Corps on the 17th.

The remainder of the War:
In November 1862 he was promoted to Major General of Volunteers and was then at Fredericksburg. He led the Fifth (V) Corps at Chancellorsville and commanded the Army of the Potomac (AoP) from Gettysburg onwards. In July 1863 he was appointed Brigadier General in the Regular Army, and in August 1864 was made Major General, seeing action at Bristoe Station and Mine Run. He served under Grant as commander of the AoP from the Wilderness until Appomattox.

After the War:
He continued in Regular Army service, commanding the Military Division of the Atlantic and Department of the East, and was in Reconstruction administration.

More on the Web:
For a more detailed biography see also the Meade Biography at Shotgun's Civil War page. A more thorough examination of his life and career may be found at the Meade Archive by Jim Campi.

Birth Date: 12/31/1815    Place of Birth: Cadiz, Spain    
College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY    Graduating Year: 1835    Class Rank: 19
Death Date: 11/6/1872    Death Place: Philadelphia, Pa    Burial Place: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia

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