George B. Mead, Civil War Soldier


George B. Mead.

Born in Franklin County, New York___Son of Philaander Mead,___by occupation a Watchman,___Married,___at the age of 20 enlisted for three years in the 10th. Regiment of Infantry, Mass. Vols.__Company F.__
Mustered into service June 2d, 1861, at Springfield, Mass. {unreadable}.
At the battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, he was detailed, by order of Major Miller, to guard the wounded and assist the surgeons. The hospital, late in the engagement, was taken by the enemy, and all were made prisoners. They were carried to Richmond, where Mead remained about five weeks. During this time he was on parole within thelimits of the city, still assisting the wounded. After exchange, he was returned to the regiment at Harrison's Landing.
With this exception alone, his record is the same as that of the regiment. He took part in all its battles, and performed regular duty through his whole termof service, without wound, sickness, or furlough.
Returned with the regiment, arriving in Springfield June 25, 1864, and was mustered out of service on the 6th. of July following.
December 31, 1864, he enlisted at Springfield for one year in a regiment of cavalry ordered to be raised for service on the Canada border, and went to camp at Readville, Mass. on the 3rd. of January, 1865.___It was soon found, however, that more than the requisite number were enlisted, and those in excess were allowed the choice of a regiment already in the field.___Mead chose the 3rd. Regiment of Cavalry, Mass. Vols., and was assigned to Company "M". Joined Reg. at Harpers Ferry, Va., 30 March, 1865. On June 5, 1865, the Reg. was transferred to the 10 Estern Department, Gen. Pope. July 15, 1865, the Reg. was ordered to report to Gen. Connor, at Ft. Laramie, Colorado Territory. Mead took part in the march on the plains and its return. Mead was on special duty in the provost guard. Sept. 8, 1865, he was commissioned a 2d Lieutenant same Co. and Reg.
With his Reg. he was discharged 18 Octo., 1865 and subsequently returned to Chicopee.
There are no facts of special interest connected with his career in this Reg., since it met with no enemy. Mead participated in the several movements of his Reg., and, no doubt, if the fact is a sufficient guarantee, did his duty well.


ca. 1861-1865


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