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G.W. Durell

G.W. Durell

Federal (USV)


George W. Durell

(1816 - 1883)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Independent Battery D

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 43 year old house painter in Reading, PA. He was First Sergeant of the Ringgold Light Artillery, which was in Federal service from April to July 1861, and was among the First Defenders in Washington, DC. He was appointed the Captain of Independent Battery D, Pennsylvania Light Artillery, and mustered in with them on 24 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He commanded the battery in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He was discharged on 23 September 1864 at the expiration of his term of service.

After the War

By 1870 he was again painting houses in Reading, PA.

References & notes

His service data and photograph from the History.1 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

he married Susan Thomas (1820-1891) and they had 5 children.

His middle name may be Washington.

More on the Web

His face is sculpted on the Pennsylvania State Memorial at Vicksburg, MS. See also a post from John Hoptak about his burial place.


11/26/1816; Wilmington, DE


11/09/1883; Reading, PA; burial in Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, PA


1   Cuffel, Charles A., History of Durell's Battery in the Civil War, Philadelphia: Craig, Finley & Company, printers, 1903, facing pg. 23, pg. 258  [AotW citation 12003]