|Death: ||Aug. 11, 1864|
George W. Hill enlisted on September 3rd, 1863, at New York City, New York, for three years service at the age of 21 and was mustered into service as a Private in Company A of the 38th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment on September 14th, 1863. The regiment was merged with several other veteran regiments that were organizing in New York City at the time, and the company was assigned as Company K of the 17th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment on October 14th, 1863.
Private Hill served with the regiment throughout its service in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. On August 12th, 1864, he was killed by a confederate Artillery shell near Atlanta, Georgia. His death was described by his company First Sergeant, William B. Westervelt: "Soon the cannon shot began to come over the breastworks into our camp. One of them, a solid twelve pounder, came over and passed through one of the tents of an adjoining company, then struck the ground in our company street, and with a rebound passed through a tent striking a cartridge box, the pieces of which flew in all directions, knocking out the eye of one of our company, and giving another a bad scalp wound. The next tent it struck was occupied by a private named Hill, who lay on his back sleeping soundly. The shot struck him just back of his ears and carried away the whole back of his head. I was standing within about twelve feet of him, and happened to be looking right at him the moment he was struck, and don't think he moved the slightest muscle. I dropped my frying pan, that contained the dinner I was about to cook, and stepped by his side. There he lay, with his hands crossed above his breast, his eyes closed, his features unmarred-as calm as they were a moment before while he was peacefully sleeping. But on raising him from his blanket, we found the whole back of his head and his entire brain carried away. We rolled him in his blanket, and as the sun went down that night we laid him in his grave at the foot of a large pine, which, as the Southern breezes blow, will sing his requiem long after those who performed those last sad offices are crumbling in the dust."
Marietta National Cemetery
Plot: H, 9021
Maintained by: Kenneth Robison II
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3950910
Rest in peace Private George W. Hill, Co. H, 17th N.Y. Veteran Volunteers. You are remebered.|
Kenneth Robison II
Added: Jan. 24, 2011