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G.M. Bascom

G.M. Bascom

Federal (USV)


Gustavus Murray Bascom

(1840 - 1884)

Home State: Ohio

Education: Norwich University, Class of 1860

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Kanawha Division, IX Corps

Before Antietam

After graduating from Norwich he was private secretary to Ohio Governor Cox 1860-61. At the start of the War he was appointed State drillmaster, commissioned Captain and aide-de-camp, Ohio Volunteers. In August he was appointed Captain and Assistant Adjutant General (AAG), US Volunteers. He was AAG of General Cox's Kanawha Division on the Maryland Campaign.

On the Campaign

He was later was honored by brevet to Captain, USA for "gallant and meritorious service" at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Major on 7 October 1862, and was AAG of the Ninth Army Corps to to April 1863, then of the Department of Ohio to November. He was promoted again, to Lieutenant Colonel on 25 January 1864 and was AAG of the 23rd Army Corps to January 1865. He was then on General Stoneman's staff to War's-end. He mustered out of Volunteer service on 1 July 1866. He was honored by additional brevets: to Major, USA for service at Resaca, GA, and Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel, Volunteers, for War service.

After the War

He was appointed First Lieutenant, 17th US Infantry on 22 January 1867 and was Regimental Adjutant December 1867 - February 1869. After being briefly unassigned, he transferred to the 13th US Infantry and was the Regimental Quartermaster August 1871 - December 1873. He was promoted to Captain on 11 December 1873. He died while still in service after having been "thrown from a carriage" in Providence, RI in 1884.

References & notes

Service information from Heitman1 and a bio sketch from Norwich2. The photo here from the US Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Carlisle, PA.


09/21/1840; McConnelsville, OH


08/16/1884; Portsmouth, RI


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. 197  [AotW citation 14567]

2   Ellis, William Arba, compiler and editor, and MGen. Grenville Mellen Dodge, publisher, Norwich University, 1819-1911; Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, 3 Volumes, Montpelier: The Capital City Press, 1911, Vol. 2, pg. 636  [AotW citation 14568]