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 George Abion Austin

George Abion Austin

Birth
Unadilla, Otsego County, New York, USA
Death 23 Feb 1917 (aged 87)
Wisconsin, USA
Burial Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 17772255 · View Source
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Residence Woodstock IL;
Enlisted on 5/24/1861 as a Private.
On 5/24/1861 he mustered into "A" Co. IL 15th Infantry
He was transferred out on 7/20/1864
On 7/20/1864 he transferred into "C" Co. IL Vet Battn
He was transferred out on 3/24/1865
On 3/24/1865 he transferred into Field & Staff IL 15th Infantry (date and method of discharge not given)
Promotions:
2nd Lieut 12/23/1862 (As of Co. C IL 15th Inf)
1st Lieut 7/20/1864 (As of Co. C IL Vet Battn)
Quartermaster 8/10/1864 (As of Co. S IL Vet Battn)
Federal Pension Information:
He applied for a pension on 12/17/1887 from the state of WI
application # 632,447
His Widow (Marinda A Austin) applied for a pension on 3/21/1917 from the state of WI
application # 1,096,588
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He was born in Otsego County, N. Y., March 12, 1829, son of David and Olga (Downing) Austin.

He was not quite 32 years old when the Civil War broke out, and participating in that patriotic sentiment which animated most young of the North, he enlisted May 24, 1861, in Company A, Fifteenth Illinois Infantry, being assigned the rank of corporal.

His military service covered four and a half years, and after rising to the rank of lieutenant of his company he was captured at Etawa and sent to the Confederate prison at Columbia, S. C. His rank saved him from being sent to Andersonville, the authorities of which prison were afraid of Northern officers who were prisoners organizing the men to effect escape.

After three years' service he re-enlisted in a battalion, composed of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Illinois Regiments, being made quartermaster in the latter regiment, with which rank he was subsequently mustered out.

During his military career he saw much hard and dangerous service, taking part in the Missouri campaign, then going up the Tennessee River to participate in the Battle, of Shiloh, called by the Confederates, Pittsburg Landing, and subsequently taking part in the siege of Vicksburg and other noted battles or military operations. Though he was never wounded he had many very narrow escapes, as is evidenced by the fact that the overcoat he wore at the second battle of Champion Hill had twenty-two bullet holes through it.

Source:
http://wvls.lib.wi.us/
ClarkCounty/clark/data/bios1/1083.htm


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  • Maintained by: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 2 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17772255
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Abion Austin (12 Mar 1829–23 Feb 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17772255, citing Neillsville City Cemetery, Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (contributor 48353502) .