|Death: ||Nov., 1864|
South Carolina, USA
George Hiram Wilson was born about 1812 in East Haddam, Connecticut to William Willson/Wilson and Lucy Ann Wright. He married (1) Clarissa Bramble (Surname recorded as Miner) on September 25, 1834 in Marlborough, Connecticut. On the same date, his sister, Adaline Wilson married Joseph H. Miner. George H. Wilson married (2) Sarah Brown March 4, 1855 in Marlborough, Connecticut.
On January 1, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Co. G of the 13th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, together with his brother, Diodate G. Wilson, brother-in-law Joseph H. Miner and nephew, David R. Wilson. His enlistment application states that he was 42, married, born in East Haddam, a farmer and a resident of Marlborough. George is described as follows: Blue eyes, grey hair, light complexion, 5 feet, 8 inches high. George made his "X" on the application, indicating that he could not write. He was about 50 years old when he enlisted and he understated his age as many soldiers did since the maximium age to enlist in the Civil War was 44. George H. Wilson, Diodate G.Wilson, David R. Wilson and Joseph H. Miner were among sixteen soldiers of Co. G that were discharged for disability in July of 1862.
On February 12, 1864, George H. Wilson enlisted in Hartford, Connecticut as a private in Co. G of the 16th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. In his enlistment application, he is listed as 44, married, a farmer, born in East Haddam and a resident of Marlborough. According to the description, he had blue eyes, grey hair, a fair complexion and was 5 feet, 7 inches high. George made his mark on the application.
The 16th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry regiment was part of General Henry Wessel's 18th Corp in Plymouth, North Carolina by March of 1864. The union soldiers garrisoning Plymouth numbered about 2,800 with supporting Naval forces of just over 400 on the Roanoke River. On April 17, 1864, over 15,000 Confederate soldiers under General Robert Hoke attacked the Union forts protecting the Town of Plymouth with accompanying Naval support. The surrounded and outnumbered Union forces fought valiantly but were forced to surrender on the morning of April 20th after a Confederate ironclad cleared the Roanoke River of all Union Naval forces.
All enlisted soldiers and non commissioned officers were sent to Camp Sumter in Andersonville, Georgia, better known as the infamous Andersonville prison. In existence for 14 months, over 45,000 Union soldiers were confined at the prison. Of these, almost 13,000 died from disease, poor sanitation, malnutrition, overcrowding, and exposure to the elements. The largest number held in the 26½-acre stockade at any one time was more than 32,000, during August of 1864. The 16th Connecticut had the highest number of soldiers that died as prisoners of war in any Union regiment.
When General Sherman's army entered Georgia, the Conderates made plans to transfer Andersonville prisoners to other Southern prisons to prevent their release by Sherman. George H. Wilson was transferred to the newly built Florence Stockade in Florence, South Carolina. in September of 1864 with his regiment. Affidavits in the Civil War pension file of George H. Wilson state that he was in the second ward of the prison hospital suffering from scurvy and diarrhea and that he died before February 28, 1865. Military records in the pension file state that he was unofficially reported as having died in prison in Florence, South Carolina.
The pension application was filed in 1891 by Ida E. Daggett and Sarah A. Clark. They were the surviving children of George H. Wilson and his second wife, Sarah A. Brown; they were minors at the time of his death. One witness who signed an affidavit in the file is Carrie L. Annis. She is Caroline L. Wilson, the half sister of Ida and Sarah Wilson. There is an 1897 probate entry in Marlborough that Carrie Annis had declined to be appointed as administratorof the estate uf George H. Wilson. He had died more than thirty years before and had no significant assets in his estate.
Clarissa F. Bramble Phelps (1813 - 1904)*
Joseph H Wilson (1836 - 1887)*
William Henry Wilson (1837 - 1915)*
Prudence Sylvia Wilson Giles (1841 - 1881)*
Caroline L Wilson Annis (1844 - 1907)*
Sarah A Wilson Clark (1856 - 1934)*
Note: P.O.W. Florence Stockade - Buried as an Unknown at Florence National Cemetery
Florence National Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Created by: kewilson
Record added: Jan 21, 2012
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