|Birth: ||May 12, 1836|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 10, 1909|
CARTHAGE EVENING PRESS
FEBRUARY 11, 1909
GEORGE W. FLEET IS DEAD
ONE OF COUNTY'S BEST KNOWN MEN PASSED AWAY LAST NIGHT
Came Here in 1866 From Ohio - Successful in Business and Exemplary in Private Life.
George W. Fleet, one of the oldest and best known pioneer citizens of Carthage and Jasper county, died at 11:55 o'clock last evening at his home on South Main Street. Death was due to brain trouble, which resulted from an accident two years ago when he was thrown from his surrey.
Perhaps there is no better known nor more highly respected citizen in the entire county that was George Fleet. He was born in Tyrone, Schuyler county, New York on May 12, 1836, which would have made him 73 years of age had he lived until his next birthday. He resided in Tyrone until he was 12 years of age when he removed to Tiffin, Ohio with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Fleet.
Just a short time after moving to Tiffin the mother died, and father and son removed to Henry county, Ohio. There they remained until 1861, when the Civil War broke out. With the first call for volunteers Mr. Fleet enlisted as a private in the Eighth Ohio Infantry, with which he served for three months, the term of his enlistment. At the expiration of that time, he re-enlisted as a veteran with the Fifty-fifth Ohio Infantry and remained in the army until the end of the war. During the years he spent as a soldier he saw service in many states and participated in numerous battles but was never wounded. *SEE FOOTNOTE
Comes to Jasper County
At the close of the war in 1865 Mr. Fleet was mustered out of the service and he returned immediately to the home of his father in Henry county, Ohio. In the fall of 1866, the Fleets came to Jasper county and settled at "Fleetwood" a splendid farm eight miles northeast of Carthage. When they arrived in this city just at the close of the war they found that the town had been ruined by fire and there were only a few houses standing.
A that time George W. Fleet dealt very extensively in cattle and made many trips to Texas for stock, which he drove back to the farm in Jasper county. During these journeys, Mr. Fleet spent day after day in the saddle and slept on the ground at night. His experience on these long trips were many and varied and until his death he told many extremely interesting tales of his adventures. He was unusually successful in the cattle business and profited considerably in his transactions.
Married in 1878
In 1878 Mr. Fleet was married to Mrs. Jane Hackney, who still survives him. No children were born to the couple, but Miss Minnie Fleet, a foster daughter, also survives.
Mr. Fleet has two sisters living, one of them being Mrs. Martha A. Lamkin of this city and the other Mrs. Alma Pittinger of Tiffin, Ohio.
Ten years ago Abraham Fleet died. Mrs. and Mrs. George W. Fleet remained on the farm until four years ago this month, when they purchased the Harmar D. Smith property on South Main street, where they have since resided.
Until two years ago Mr. Fleet was one of the most able-bodied men in Jasper county. He rode a bicycle extensively and was quite athletically inclined. Two years ago, however, in a runaway he was thrown over the dashboard of his surrey and alighted on his shoulder. Since then his health has been failing gradually, and he has suffered much. Death came peacefully last night, however.
Lived a Helpful Life
Mr. Fleet join the Holiness church 25 years ago and during all of that time he has led a thoroughly Christian life, and to do good deeds was his pleasure. All of his life was active in such work and he lived his religion to the fullest extent, making friends everywhere.
The funeral was held in the Fleet home on Main street
Both enlistments he served as a private
UNION OHIO VOLUNTEERS
8th Regiment, Ohio Infantry (3 months, 1861)
Organized at Cleveland, Ohio, April 18-May 4, 1861. Moved to Camp Dennison, Ohio, and duty there till June 22. Reorganized for three years June 22, 1861. Three-months men mustered out July 24, 1861.
UNION OHIO VOLUNTEERS
49th Regiment, Ohio Infantry
Organized at Tiffin, Ohio, August and September, 1861. Moved to Camp Dennison, Ohio, September 10, 1861; thence to Louisville, Ky., September 21. (1st organized Regiment to enter Kentucky.) Moved to Camp Nevin, Ky., October 10. Attached to Johnson's Brigade, McCook's Command, at Nolin, Ky., to November, 1861. 6th Brigade, Army of the Ohio, to December, 1861. 6th Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of the Ohio, to September, 1862. 6th Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Right Wing 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 4th Army Corps, to August, 1865. Dept. of Texas to November 1865.
SERVICE.-Occupation of Munfordsville December 10, 1861. Duty at Munfordsville till February, 1862. Advance to Bowling Green, Ky., and Nashville, Tenn., February 14-March 3. March to Savannah, Tenn., March 16-April 6. Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30 March to Battle Creek, Ala., June 10-July 18, and duty there till August 20. March to Louisville, Ky., in pursuit of Bragg August 20-September 26. Pursuit of Bragg into Kentucky October 1-15. Lawrenceburg, Ky., October 8. Dog Walk October 9. March to Nashville, Tenn., October 16-November 7, and duty there till December 26. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Duty at Murfreesboro till June. Christiana and Middleton March 6. Middle Tennessee (or Tullahoma) Campaign June 22-July 7. Liberty Gap June 22-27. Occupation of Middle Tennessee till August 16. Passage of the Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Battle of Chickamauga September 19-20. Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-November 23. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. March to relief of Knoxville, Tenn., November 28-December 8. Operations in East Tennessee till February, 1864. At Cleveland, Tenn., till April. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstrations on Rocky Faced Ridge and Dalton May 8-13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Adairsville May 17. Near Kingston May 18-19. Near Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Pickett's Mills May 27. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. Nashville Campaign November-December. Columbia, Duck River, November 24-27. Battle of Franklin November 30. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Moved to Huntsville, Ala., and duty there till March, 1865. Operations in East Tennessee March 15-April 22. Duty at Nashville, Tenn., till June. Moved to New Orleans, La., June 16; thence to Texas. Duty at Green Lake, San Antonio and Victoria till November. Mustered out November 30, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 14 Officers and 188 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 160 Enlisted men by disease. Total 363.
Abraham Fleet (1810 - 1896)
George W. Fleet (1836 - 1909)
Martha A. Fleet Lamkin (1840 - 1925)*
Plot: Park Lawn Sector Bl 31 Lot 171 Sp 9
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Dec 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62555134