(1832 - 1898)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 13th Georgia Infantry
In 1860 he was a 28 year old worker on his father Sidney's farm near Zebulon in Pike County, GA. He enlisted as a Private in Company A, 13th Georgia Infantry on 8 July 1861 at Griffin, GA.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862:
[by a] gun shot wound, ball entering in left side of neck & lodged in right temple knocking out 3 jaw teeth & breaking under jaw.Many years later, his messmate J.W. Shivers still remembered:
We had two men shot through the neck and lived. Jesse Green was shot through the neck in West Va. George Reeves, of Zebulon, was shot through the neck at Sharpsburg, Md., and got up and walked off the field unaided. In neither case did the ball break the [neck] bone or cut the jugular vein.
The rest of the War
He was wounded and captured at Cedar Creek, VA on 19 October 1864 and exchanged at Point Lookout, MD on 17 January 1865. He was afterward on furlough into March 1865, but was back with his Company when they were surrendered and paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.
After the War
By 1870, then living next door to his father-in-law John D Buffington, and to at least 1880, he was a farmer near Rome in Floyd County, GA.
References & notes
His service from Henderson1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3, also as G.W. Reaves, Jr. The Shivers quote from the Pike County Journal of 4 December 1925, transcribed by Lynn B. Cunningham for the USGenWeb. Personal details from family genealogists, at least one has his and his father's surname as Reeves, and the US Census of 1860-1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Susan Bertha Buffington (1841-1903) in August 1862 and they had 8 children.
More on the Web
His 1896 and 1897 applications for a Confederate pension for infirmity due to his Sharpsburg wound are online in the Georgia Archives' Virtual Vault from the University System of Georgia. The details about his Sharpsburg wound(s) quoted above are found there.
His widow's 1901 application for a pension based on his service is also online in that same collection.
01/01/1832; Pike County, GA
02/02/1898; Floyd County, GA; burial in Armuchee Baptist Church Cemetery, Armuchee, GA
1 Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964 [AotW citation 7214]
2 US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927 [AotW citation 27694]