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G.L. Andrews

G.L. Andrews

Federal (USV)


George Leonard Andrews

(1828 - 1899)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1851;Class Rank: 1st

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Massachusetts Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He graduated first in his class from West Point and was brevetted 2nd Lieutenant of Engineers on 1 July 1851. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 2 February 1854, but resigned on 1 September 1855.

By 1860 he was a civil engineer in Boston and on 25 May 1861 he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry. He was promoted to Colonel on 13 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded his regiment in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers on 10 November 1862 and mustered out on 24 August 1865. He was honored by brevet to Major General of Volunteers in March 1865 for his actions on the campaign against Mobile, AL.

After the War

He was a professor at the Military Academy from 28 February 1871 to his retirement on 31 August 1892.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and Soldiers.2 Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph at the US Army Heritage & Education Center.

He married Sarah Bridge Fiske (1834-1915) in December 1853 and they had 4 children.


8/31/1828; Bridgewater, MA


04/04/1899; Brookline, Massachusetts; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


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. 166  [AotW citation 29496]

2   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35  [AotW citation 29497]