Mar. 12, 1864 Andersonville Sumter County Georgia, USA
George Washington Fortney lived in Platteville, Grant County, Wisconsin and joined the civil war on August 10, 1861 at 21 years of age. He enlisted in Company C, Wisconsin 7th Infantry Regiment (part of the Iron Brigade or the Black Hat Brigade) and fought for the Union (U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles). His brother Joseph Franklin Fortney lived in Big Patch, Wisconsin and joined the Union side enlisting as a Private on 10 July 1862. The last brother to join was William W Fortney who also lived in Big Patch, Wisconsin and joined the same Company and Infantry that Joseph had joined, about a month later on August 15, 1862. George was taken a prisoner of war (POW) at Gettysburg on the first day of fighting and spent the last of his young years in the worst POW camp, Camp Sumter, ever recorded in American history. He was sent to Andersonville, Georgia where the living conditions were inhumane. George died a POW in March 1864 before the war was over. He is laid to rest in the Andersonville Military Cemetery now a historic site. William died on August 31, 1865 about a month after being mustered out probably a result of the war. Joseph Franklin Fortney went on to marry Caroline Clayton in 1866 a year after the war ended and had eight children.
Written by Vickie Potter-Boechler using several scholarly sources.
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I am related to you through your brother David. I am so deeply sad, that this War took 2 of his brothers, and you were just 24 years old. It causes me so much pain, and it is 2014 now. I am so proud that you served in the military for our Freedom & Cou...(Read more) -
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