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Federal (USV)


George W. Gentle

(1839 - 1862)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 21, he mustered for 3 months' service in Company E, 5th Ohio Infantry on 20 April 1861 and mustered out on 19 June. He re-enlisted the same day for 3 years as Corporal in the same Company.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by gunshot through his the right thigh in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital, then admitted to US Army General Hospital #3 in Frederick, MD on 1 October for an apparently simple gunshot wound - "no injury of a grave character was suspected." By October 25, however, his hip was swollen with an abscess and he began to bleed from both entry and exit wounds. He initially refused surgery to stop the bleeding, but on 27 October, by then "nearly moribund", he agreed. The surgeon tied off an artery, but due to the "shock" of the surgery George only lived for another 24 hours. An autopsy could not find the cause of the bleeding, but did find the head of his thigh bone was damaged by the gunshot.

He was reinterred from his original burial in Frederick to the new National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

Burial information from the Antietam Cemetery History1. His service from the Roster,2 which has him as killed outright on 17 September. Medical details from the MSHWR.3 Personal details from family genealogists; it is likely he was George Washington Gentle: his next two brothers were John Quincy Adams Gentle and Benjamin Franklin Gentle. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


11/13/1839; Hancock County, IL


10/28/1862; Frederick, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 3541]

2   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 1, pp. 93, 145  [AotW citation 21366]

3   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 3, pg. 77  [AotW citation 21367]