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Pvt George Washington “Washington” Harvey

Pvt George Washington “Washington” Harvey

Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
Death 31 Dec 1862 (aged 21)
Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Ash Grove, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 15846459 · View Source
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George Washington Harvey was born May 25, 1841 in Shelby Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. He was born to Joseph Parnell and Mary Harvey. He was the eldest son in a family that included four brothers and five sisters plus two step brothers.

As a boy he and his sisters attended the common school in Ashbury, Shelby Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. He was raised by his father in the trade to become a farmer. In 1856 his father sold his farm in said county and moved the family just across the county line to Badger Grove, White County, Indiana. It was here the family resided when President Lincoln called for volunteers to quill the succession of the Southern States.

The subject still having family relatives and friends in Tippecanoe County enlisted at the age of 20 into the newly form Company D of the 40 Indiana Infantry in November 1861. His Unit traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana were it was sworn in on December 31, 1861 for a three year enlistment. His Enlistment Papers state that he was 5 feet 5 inches in height with Blue Eyes, hair coloring being Sandy in color and his Complexion is reported as it being Dark.

George Washington Harvey was to see action with the Indiana 40th for one year. He fought at the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville and Stones River. On the morning of December 31, 1862 Company D took up their position between the toll-gate of the Murfreesboro Turnpike and the rail road tracks. Around 12:30 PM it is estimated Washington was killed in battle at Stones River. The Lafayette Journal reported the engagement with the caption, "Our Boys Held Their Position". Washington's name was listed amongst the dead in this same news article.

George Washington Harvey is buried "Unknown" at the Stones River National Cemetery. At the time of his death he was attempting to receive three weeks back pay that he believed he was owed.

He was survived by his father; Joseph Parnell Harvey, brother; John Orr Harvey, sisters; Dorcas Harvey, Ellen Harvey, half brother; Joseph Edward Harvey, half sisters; Anna Eliza Leanna Harvey, Sarah E. Harvey and two step brothers; James Francis Marion Davis and John Davis. Preceding him in death was his mother; Mary Ward Harvey, a half brother; Francis Harvey, and a half sister Harriet Harvey.

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George W. Harvey


MAY 25 1841
DEC 31 1862

Gravesite Details Memorial Cenotaph-- Soldier buried "Unknown" at the Stones River National Cemetery, Murfreesboro, Tennesee.





  • Maintained by: Steve Harvey
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  • Added: 22 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15846459
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt George Washington “Washington” Harvey (25 May 1841–31 Dec 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15846459, citing Harvey Cemetery, Ash Grove, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Steve Harvey (contributor 49042161) .