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Pvt George W. Getz
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Birth: Dec. 28, 1842
Union County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 21, 1862
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Member of Company E, 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps. George enlisted on 7 Sep 1861 and was mustered in on 16 Oct 1861.

The 53rd was part of the garrison manning the defenses of Washington around Alexandria, VA through the winter of 1861-1862.

As part of the 53rd, George took part in the Seven Day's battles, being engaged at Fair Oaks, Gaines Mill, the Peach Orchard and Savage Station, and Malvern Hill. He was in the battles of South Mountain and Antietam ("Bloody Lane").

At the time of the Battle of Fredericksburg, VA, the II Corps was commanded by MG Darius N. Couch and the 1st Division by BG Winfield S. Hancock and the 3rd Brigade by Col. Samuel K. Zook. The assault against Marye's Heights on Dec. 13th, by the 1st Division, II Corps is authentically depicted in the movie "Gods & Generals" where the 3rd Brigade immediately preceded the 2nd "Irish" Brigade in the attack. It is here (in the triangle formed by present day Hanover & Lafayette Streets and the Sunken Road) on the 13th, according to George's service record, that he was wounded.

Mortally wounded by gunshot, George died at "the Government Hospital for the Insane"* seven days before his 20th birthday, and was brought home for burial in Union County, PA, where he lies beside his parents.

*During the Civil War the U.S. Army had a medical hospital co-located on the grounds of what today is St. Elizabeth's Mental Hospital in Washington, DC. Soldiers, in correspondence home, referred to the hospital by the old colonial name of the tract of land, "St. Elizabeth's," so to avoid the stigma of being at the Federal "Insane Asylum." The name was not officially changed until 1916.
Family links: 
  Adam Getz (1819 - 1891)
  Hetty Catherman Getz (1821 - 1905)
  George W. Getz (1842 - 1862)
  Mary Ann Getz Bell (1846 - 1931)*
  Agnes C Getz Holmes (1856 - 1886)*
  Jane M Getz Orwig (1859 - 1946)*
  Sarah Ellen Getz Smith (1862 - 1919)*
*Calculated relationship
George W.
son of Adam and Hetty Getz
Wounded Dec. 12th [sic], 1862 in the Battle of Fredericksburg, VA.
Died in Washington, D.C., Dec. 21st, 1862.
Aged 19 years, 11 m., & 23 d.s
The morning strife began
The balls flew thick around
Where I received my mortal wound
Which laid me to the ground.

Note: Grave has a G.A.R. marker.
Saint Peter's Church Cemetery
Union County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Jay Rarick
Record added: Nov 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61288993
Pvt George W. Getz
Added by: Jay Rarick
Pvt George W. Getz
Added by: Jay Rarick
Pvt George W. Getz
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George Getz--Union Civil War brave. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You will not be in peace.
- Karen M
 Added: Jun. 29, 2016
Veteran - Civil War - Died of Wounds received at the Battle of Fredericksburg, VA. - Co. E, 53rd Pennsylvania Vol. Inf., 3rd Bde, 1st Div, II Corps, Army of the Potomac.
- Jay Rarick
 Added: Jan. 3, 2011

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