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Federal (USV)


George Whittemore, Jr.

(1836 - 1862)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: Harvard College, Class of 1857

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: Massachusetts Sharpshooters, First Company

Before Antietam

He graduated from Harvard with an AB in the class of 1857, then taught the Classics and studied law. He passed the bar in mid- to late-1861. He indentified himself as a 24 year old lawyer living in Gloucester when he enlisted as Private on 2 September 1861. He was promoted to Corporal (no date) and possibly Sergeant prior to Antietam.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

"The next day, when the ground came into possession of the Federal army, his body was carefully and tenderly buried by his comrades, with a headboard inscribed, "Sergeant Whittemore." It was soon after removed to Mount Auburn. There it rests in a spot that was a favorite resort of his while in college. It is situated on the slope of Harvard Hill."

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1, with genealogical details from Susan Harnwell and contributors at her superb 15th Massachusetts Infantry site. The quote above from Higginson2, following a pointer from Ms. Harnwell. A photograph of him is in the Harvard Universtiy Archives [list].


12/19/1836; Boston, MA


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pp. 212 -213  [AotW citation 2727]

2   Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, Harvard Memorial Biographies , Cambridge (MA): Sever and Francis, 1866, pp. 404 - 414  [AotW citation 2730]