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Pvt George C. Drake
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Birth: Aug. 25, 1842
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 2, 1861
Virginia, USA

George C. Drake was the first Wisconsin soldier killed in the Civil War.

George was the oldest of five children born to William and Jane (nee Carr) Drake in Pennsylvania. His younger brother, J. West Drake, died shortly before his seventh birthday. In 1856 George, his parents and his three sisters, Esther, Mary, and Emma, moved to Milwaukee, WI where his parents set up a boarding house.

As the Civil War approached, George enlisted in the Milwaukee Light Guards, somewhat against his parents' wishes. He left Milwaukee on June 9, 1861 with the First Regiment of Wisconsin Volunteers, as a private in Company A. He was killed in the first engagement of the troops, at Falling Waters, on July 2, 1861.

Supposedly, George predicted that he would not survive the war. At Camp Scott, he had said in his tent one night that he did not expect to return home. While he was wading the Potomac River at dawn on July 2nd, he commented to a companion, "We are going into battle, and I expect to be among the first to fall."

It was reported that George C. Drake died almost instantly as a fatal bullet entered his body near the heart. He supposed uttered, with a scarcely audible voice, a single last word -- "Mother."

His body was carried to the village of Williamsport, from which the troops had set out early the morning of the battle. He was not able to be buried right away, but through the efforts of one Captain Kennedy and other loyal citizens of the town, he was fittingly buried with military honors. His body was later moved to Antietam National Cemetery.

Family links: 
  William Drake (1817 - 1886)
  Jane Carr Drake (1819 - 1898)
  George C. Drake (1842 - 1861)
  J. West Drake (1845 - 1852)*
  Esther Ann Drake Campbell (1847 - 1883)*
  Mary F. Drake Keats (1852 - 1891)*
  Emma Drake Farnham (1855 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
Antietam National Cemetery
Washington County
Maryland, USA
Plot: Wisconsin Section, Grave 3259
Maintained by: Janet Marie
Originally Created by: Stonewall
Record added: Oct 05, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16005554
Pvt George C. Drake
Added by: Kevin Booth
Pvt George C. Drake
Added by: Kevin Booth
Pvt George C. Drake
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- Trippy Von Brainstorm
 Added: Jun. 11, 2014

- Janet Marie
 Added: Jan. 5, 2013
Prvt Drake, We are trying to save the field on which you died,The Falling waters Battlefield is in grave danger.We want the future generations to be able to walk where you bravely gave your all...God Bless
- Kevin Booth
 Added: Nov. 8, 2006
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