|Death: ||Jun. 16, 1864|
A Native of Douglas, Isle of Mann.
Lieut, Company C. 27 Regt. South Carolina Volunteers / He fell in the Defence at Petersburg, Virginia on the 16th of June 1864 / In the 24th year of his age.
George Brown Gelling was taken prisoner in 1863 and sent to Fort Monroe by order of General Robert Cumming SCHENCK on May 11th, 1863.
"Since 1828 there has been a steady emigration to Ohio and other States in America, though not on such a large scale as at that time. Many Manxmen, whether born in Man or in America, served in the Civil War,........... Another, GEORGE BROWN GELLING (b. 1841, d. 1864), second son of Edward Gelling, of Douglas, merchant, went to New Orleans in 1857 to enter the counting-house of an uncle there. When the war broke out he volunteered his services and joined the Hampton Legion of South Carolina as a private. He was in twelve general engagements, among which were Bull's Run and Antietam. At the latter battle he was wounded and taken prisoner. He was soon exchanged, and continued in active service, attaining the rank of lieutenant and adjutant, till he, with three brother officers, was killed by a shell when in the trenches at Petersburg, Virginia, in 1864." (source: Manx Notebook)
In the Kirk Braddan, New Yard (Isle of Man), there is a Memorial Marker, as follows: (source: Manx Notebook)
"...in this row is an interesting stone in memory of "Lieut. George Brown Gelling, of the Confederate States army, of Charleston, South Carolina, America, who was killed at the siege of Petersburgh, Virginia, 16th June, 1864," at the early age of 23."
Information provided by Pat Galovich.
First Scots Presbyterian Church Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Saratoga
Record added: Mar 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34374869