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G.W. Bird

G.W. Bird

Federal (USV)


George Washington Bird

(1841 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

About age 20, he mustered into service as Private, Company B, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry and he was appointed 8th Corporal, dates not known.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862, and died two days later.

References & notes

He's not found in Bates' History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, the Pennsylvania Adjutant-General's Veterans' Card File, or Parker's History of the 51st regiment of P.V. and V.V.. He is listed as killed on the south side of the regiment's monument near the Burnside Bridge on the battlefield (as having been previously omitted from the north face). His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a photograph contributed by Bob Sampron.

More on the Web

The two monuments on the battlefield of Antietam to the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry are online from Steve A. Hawks on Stone Sentinels.


04/16/1841; Easton, PA


09/19/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Hays Cemetery, Easton, PA