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Sgt George Hart Platt

Sgt George Hart Platt

Ohio, USA
Death 6 Aug 1900 (aged 67–68)
Pearce, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
Burial Pearce, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 18352608 · View Source
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"George Hart Platt was born in 1832 in Ohio.

He enlisted on December 8, 1863, as a Quartermaster Sergeant in the Union Light Guard, Ohio Cavalry. He was discharged on December 9, 1865.

George Platt was a member of Tombstone's Burnside Post, Grand Army of the Republic. He served as Post Chaplain in 1891. (source: Tombstone Epitaph, December 13, 1891).

George Platt died in Pearce, Cochise County, Arizona, on August 6, 1906."

The above info was shared by Find A Grave contributor, Steve,

And from Rhonda Reid comes the most fascinating information for Mr. Platt. He was a member of the Union Light Guard of Ohio which body was formed for the express purpose of acting as body guard to the (at the time) President of the United States Abraham Lincoln. Rhonda writes:


We visited the Pearce Cemetery yesterday and noticed the sign that says 'Bodyguard of President Lincoln' with no name anywhere. We have searched all over the internet, emailed the Library of Congress as well as the Arizona Memory Project with no answers. Finally, I found it! He really needs recognition for his service on this site as well as his gravestone.

George H. Platt
Ohio Calvary
Union Light Guard

Here is the documentation that was written in 1912:

"Lincoln's Body Guard"

Rhonda Reid "

A huge "thank you" Rhonda for taking the time and effort to research and supply the above!



Q. M. SGT.





  • Maintained by: Candy
  • Originally Created by: AZLILOWL
  • Added: 11 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18352608
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt George Hart Platt (1832–6 Aug 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18352608, citing Pearce Cemetery, Pearce, Cochise County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Candy (contributor 46888015) .