In the death of G.W. Alton Monday, July 14, 1913, Hillsboro, Iowa lost one of her oldest and best citizens. He went to a hospital in Ottumwa June 29 and had an operation performed there July 9. He stood the operation well, but on Wednesday, July 9, hiccoughs began, and nothing could be done to control them.
He was born in 1847.
Funeral services were held at the late home Wednesday, July 26. Several friends from Bonaparte and vicinity attended.
He came to the vicinity of Hillsboro when only eight or nine years old and has lived there all the remainder of his life except the time spent in service of his country in the civil war, in which he was a member of the famous Crocker Brigade, Co. D., Thirteenth Iowa Inf.
For the past twenty years he has been in the furniture and undertaking business, in which he had a fair measure of success.
He was a good singer and as been a member or leader of choirs and singing societies for the past fifty years.
Civil War Veteran Co D 13th Iowa Infantry Enlisted Nov 10 1864 Residence Van Buren County,Iowa Age 18 Nativity Pennsylvania Mustered out Jul 21 1865 Based on his enlistement, George joined the 13th Iowa Infantry after the Battle of Alanta,GA. He participated in Sherman's March to the Sea and the Siege of Savannah. Afterward the 13th took up the line of march through the Carolinas; was engaged at Pocotaligo; at Columbia a portion of the regiment crossed the river opposite the city ahead of the army, and without orders hoisted the stars and stripes on the capitol while the remainder of the command engaged in laying pontoon bridges some 3 miles below the town. Previous to this the regiment on the skirmish line had crossed a burning bridge at the North Edisto river and driven the enemy out of Orangeburg. The regiment closed its fighting career at Bentonville. The regiment proceeded to Washington DC after the surrender of Johnston's Army, took part in the Grand Review, went into camp at Rock Creek and later moved to Louisville, Ky., where it was mustered out in July, 1865. 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry Organized at Davenport October 18 to November 2, 1861. Ordered to St. Louis, Mo., November 20, 1861. Attached to Dept. of Missouri to February, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Army of Tennessee, to April, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 6th Division, Army of Tennessee, to July, 1862, and District of Corinth, Dept. of Tennessee, to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 6th Division, Left Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of Tennessee, to December, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 6th Division, 16th Army Corps, Army of Tennessee, to January, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 6th Division, 17th Army Corps, to September, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 17th Army Corps, to April, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 17th Army Corps, to July, 1865.