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Federal (USV)


George J. Gay

(? - 1862)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

From Washington, he enlisted in Company C, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry on 22 April 1861. He was appointed Corporal (date not given). He was wounded in the leg in action at Bolivar Heights (Harpers Ferry) in October 1861.

On Saturday last, William Foster and George Gay, members of Captain Flood’s company who were wounded in the Battle at Harper’s Ferry on Bolivar Heights arrived here on a furlough. Their wounds are doing well and they hope to soon be able to re-join the regiment. Gay was wounded during a retreat from a position held by our forces closely pressed by the enemy and he attributes his escape from capture to the noble conduct of Silas Gardner who at great risk to himself assisted him off the field.
He returned to his Company in December.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

References & notes

Basic information from Bryant1. The quote above from the Monroe Sentinel of 27 November 1861. A 25 December 1861 letter from E.E. Bryant to the Sentinel said: Gay 'has been and gone and done it' and the state will [pay] $5 per month to the newly installed 'dependent on him for support' - a reflection of his marriage on 2 December while on that brief furlough (per State Vital Records) to Catherine M Skinner.


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   Bryant, Edwin Eustace, History of the Third Regiment of Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865, Madison: Arthur H Clark Co. for the Veteran Association of the Regiment, 1891, pp. 414 - 415  [AotW citation 15197]