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Lieut George Alexander Gaston

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Lieut George Alexander Gaston Veteran

Birth
Prairie Bluff, Wilcox County, Alabama, USA
Death
20 Jan 1863 (aged 24)
Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Arkansas, USA
Burial
Palestine, Anderson County, Texas, USA Add to Map
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George Alexander Gaston was the eldest of five sons of Robert Kirkpatrick Gaston and the former Letitia Elizabeth Suddath; and the older brother of two sisters. His family was related to the Gaston's of Chester, South Carolina; known for their heroism during the American Revolution.

Born November 23rd 1838 in Wilcox County, Alabama, George's family emigrated to Anderson County, Texas in the early 1850's. In 1861, when the Civil War broke-out, George enlisted with the 13th Cavalry Regiment organized at Crockett, Texas, during the winter of 1861-1862. George first serving as a Corporal and later promoted to 1st Lieutenant; serving under Major General John George Walker.

Shortly after Christmas of 1862, 13th Cavalry with the full division was ordered to Pine Bluff, Arkansas in early January 1863. On the 11th Walker received orders to reinforce Arkansas Post, a fortress defending the Arkansas River. After a forced march, it was learned that the Post had surrendered on the twelfth. Union General William T. Sherman reported that 4,791 prisoners, many from the fourth brigade of the Texas division, had been captured. The 13th and other regiments of Walker's Division were directed to construct defensive earthworks near Pine Bluff to counter the threat that Union forces would continue up the Arkansas River. Snow and freezing weather plagued the regiment, causing the lost of 1st Lieutenant George Gaston of Company D and Private John Mitchell of Company K to exposure. The Union threat did not materialize, and the division was moved into winter quarters near Pine Bluff at Camp Mills and later Camp Wright, four miles northwest of Pine Bluff.

Lieut. George A. Gaston's remains were returned to Texas by his family and buried in a family cemetery in Denson Springs, Texas.

George Alexander Gaston was married to Mary Jane "Polly" Miller, with whom he had a daughter, Annie Eliza.
George Alexander Gaston was the eldest of five sons of Robert Kirkpatrick Gaston and the former Letitia Elizabeth Suddath; and the older brother of two sisters. His family was related to the Gaston's of Chester, South Carolina; known for their heroism during the American Revolution.

Born November 23rd 1838 in Wilcox County, Alabama, George's family emigrated to Anderson County, Texas in the early 1850's. In 1861, when the Civil War broke-out, George enlisted with the 13th Cavalry Regiment organized at Crockett, Texas, during the winter of 1861-1862. George first serving as a Corporal and later promoted to 1st Lieutenant; serving under Major General John George Walker.

Shortly after Christmas of 1862, 13th Cavalry with the full division was ordered to Pine Bluff, Arkansas in early January 1863. On the 11th Walker received orders to reinforce Arkansas Post, a fortress defending the Arkansas River. After a forced march, it was learned that the Post had surrendered on the twelfth. Union General William T. Sherman reported that 4,791 prisoners, many from the fourth brigade of the Texas division, had been captured. The 13th and other regiments of Walker's Division were directed to construct defensive earthworks near Pine Bluff to counter the threat that Union forces would continue up the Arkansas River. Snow and freezing weather plagued the regiment, causing the lost of 1st Lieutenant George Gaston of Company D and Private John Mitchell of Company K to exposure. The Union threat did not materialize, and the division was moved into winter quarters near Pine Bluff at Camp Mills and later Camp Wright, four miles northwest of Pine Bluff.

Lieut. George A. Gaston's remains were returned to Texas by his family and buried in a family cemetery in Denson Springs, Texas.

George Alexander Gaston was married to Mary Jane "Polly" Miller, with whom he had a daughter, Annie Eliza.

Inscription

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Sacred
to the memory of
GEORGE A. GASTON
Born
Nov. 23rd 1838
Died
Jan. 20th 1863
1 Lt., Co. D,
13th Texas Cavalry
CSA
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Gravesite Details

Burial location per East Texas Genealogical Society



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