George A. Whitney, Civil War Soldier


George A. Whitney

Born in Greenfield, Mass.__Son of Josiah Whitney,___by occupation an Engraver,___Married___at the age of 23 years enlisted for three years in the 10th. Regiment of Infantry, Mass. Vols. Company F.___Mustered into service June 21, 1861, and was made 4th. Corporal of the company. Remained on duty with the regiment until Jan. 23, 1862, when he was discharged, at Camp Brightwood, on a Surgeon's certificate of disability, and returned to Chicopee.
During the month of June 1862 was engaged in recruiting for the 34th. Mass. Regiment, by the authority of Gov. Andrew.
August 26th. 1862, commissioned as Adjutant of the 142d. Regiment, New York Vols._Infantry_and went into camp with the regiment at Ogdensburgh, N.Y.___Broke camp October 6th. and proceeded to Washington, via Rouse's Point, Albany, New York, Jersey City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. On the 11th. of October the regiment arrived at "Camp Chase", near Fort Albany, Va. and was joined to Gurney's Brigade, Abercrombie's Division, Heintzelman's Corps.___Staid about a week at that camp, and then moved to Upton's Hill, Va., about six miles from Washington, where they remained nearly all winter. About February 1st. 1863, moved to Fairfax Seminary. On the 11th. of February 1863, promoted Captain of Company.___At the first of March the regiment was detached from the brigade for guard duty at Chain Bridge, and Captain Whitney was detailed as Assistant Provost Marshall.
About the middle of April the regiment was ordered down to Suffolk, Va., and during the Nansemond and Blackwater engagements was placed in reserve. Soon after, embarked on transports at Norfolk, Va. and proceeded up the York River to West Point.
At this place Captain Whitney resigned his commission May 22nd., 1863, and received an honorable discharge.


ca. 1861-1865


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