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G.A. Beardsley

G.A. Beardsley

Federal (USV)


George Austin Beardsley

(1836 - 1898)

Home State: New Jersey

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th New Jersey Infantry

Before Antietam

He trained as a jeweler, traveled to Utah, and enlisted for three months there in 1857 during the Utah War. He was then assistant postmaster and stage coach operator, with mail service to San Francisco. He returned to Newark, NJ and was in his father's wholesale grocery business. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company D, 13th New Jersey Infantry on 17 July 1862 at age 26, and Captain on 22 August.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in Maryland and at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was in action at Chancellorsville, VA (May 1863) and Gettysburg, PA (July 1863). He was appointed Major of the Regiment on 15 December 1863. He resigned his commission on 1 April 1864 because "business relations at home demanded his presence".

After the War

He continued in the grocery business, becoming President of J. W. Beardsley Sons, New York.

References & notes

Details and presence in Maryland from Historical Sketch.1 Service from Stryker.2 Personal history from the Memorial Cyclopedia of New Jersey (Vol. III, 1913). His picture from a CDV in the collection of the New Jersey State Archives.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His birthplace may have been Hamburg township.


06/27/1836; Wallpack Center, NJ


12/17/1898; burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Newark, NJ


1   D Society, Veterans, Co. D 13th NJ Infantry, Historical Sketch of Co. D, 13th Regiment, N.J. Vols., Newark (NJ): D.H. Gildersleeve & Co., 1875, pg. 47  [AotW citation 17181]

2   State of New Jersey, Adjutant-General's Office, and William Scudder Stryker, Adjutant General, Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Trenton: John L. Murphy, Steam Book and Job Printer, 1876, pp. 628, 640  [AotW citation 17182]

3   State of New Jersey, New Jersey Archives, Civil War Cartes de Visite, first accessed 01 January 2005, <>, Source page: /state/archives/sdea4010images.html#022  [AotW citation 17183]