|Birth: ||Nov. 27, 1842|
|Death: ||May 9, 1888|
George Daniel Buswell was born on November 27,1842 in Page County, Virginia to Thomas and Rebecca (Spitler) Buswell. The Buswell farm was near the small community of Leaksville.
George worked on the farm and attended school. At the age of 18, he entered an academy in Rockingham County, Virginia. In the summer of 1861, George joined the Virginia Militia with a rank of 2nd Lt. On March 8, 1862 he enlisted in Co. H, 33rd Virginia Infantry, Confederate Army. He was wounded on July 1, 1862 in the Battle of Malvern Hill. He returned to duty, was elected 1st. Lt on September 22,1862 and was wounded in his right leg on May 10, 1864 in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia.
After the war, he moved to Indiana to farm the land his father had purchased on a trip there in 1839. Later, George returned to Virginia where he taught school. On February 10, 1869, he married Florence A. Bell at her home, Bellevue, near Luray.
George and Florence decided to move permanently to Indiana as so much of Virginia was destroyed from fighting in the War. Florence was homesick and returned to Virginia several times to visit her family. Her grandchildren heard her comment that her eyes got so tired gazing across the flat lands of Newton County; she was used to the rolling hills of Virginia! In the summer of 1869, the first Mt. Zion Church was built in Washington Township in Newton County; on July 18 George and Florence attended the dedication. Their descendants remain active in that church to this day.
In the fall of 1887, George was ill with tuberculosis. He and his family (except for the oldest son, Lee, who remained in Indiana) returned to Virginia, first to Salem, then to Lynchburg, hoping that a milder climate would help him regain his health. Sadly, he did not and died, leaving Florence a widow at the age of 40 with her eight children; Lee 18, Annie 16, Abram 12, Nannie Bell 10, Carrie 7, Mattie 5, Lizzie 2, and George 1.
NOTE: The diaries that George kept during the Civil War and the letters that he wrote have been preserved in the library in Luray, Virginia. In addition, his writings have been used in other publications, most recently in the book: Gettysburg - Seething Hell, written by Thomas Pero and published in the fall of 2015.
Thomas Buswell (1817 - 1884)
Rebecca Spitler Buswell (1819 - 1905)
Florence A. Bell Buswell (1847 - 1916)*
Reuben Lee Buswell (1869 - 1924)*
Annie Bowers (1872 - 1943)*
Abram Thomas Buswell (1875 - 1965)*
Nannie Bell Buswell Denney (1878 - 1972)*
Carrie Ella Buswell Brewer (1880 - 1958)*
Mattie M Buswell McCarty (1882 - 1961)*
Lizzie Pearl Buswell (1885 - 1973)*
George Antram Buswell (1887 - 1975)*
Susan E Buswell (____ - 1846)*
Abram W Haley Buswell (1819 - 1868)*
Sarah E Thomas (1841 - 1881)*
George Daniel Buswell (1842 - 1888)
Mary Elizabeth Buswell (1844 - 1868)*
Wesley T. Buswell (1847 - 1911)*
William M. Buswell (1851 - 1930)*
John Z Buswell (1859 - 1860)*
Maintained by: Nicki
Originally Created by: Cenantua
Record added: Feb 24, 2010
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