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 George E. Dolton

George E. Dolton

Birth
Dolton, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 22 Jul 1906 (aged 65)
Missouri, USA
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 19339 · View Source
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A schoolteacher when the Civil War broke out, Dolton enlisted in Battery M, 1st Illinois Light Artillery. After the war he went into business selling carriages, sewing machines, organs, & other items. While in St. Louis Dolton founded a little-known group called "Comrades of the Battlefield." A member of a St. Louis post of the Grand Army of the Republic, Dolton took a dim view of the influence some veterans with dubious military records were exerting over this popular Union veterans group. Somewhat in jest, Dolton proposed a fraternal order for combat veterans that in time became formalized as Comrades of the Battlefield. Union soldiers & sailors had to prove that they had served at least 90 days under fire before they could be admitted to membership. Chapters of the organization were called "battlefields" & named after the fields of conflict. The St. Louis chapter, Chickamauga, was created & found Dolton was soon elected "Commanding General" of the national order.

Bio by: Connie Nisinger


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  • Added: 4 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19339
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George E. Dolton (27 Jul 1840–22 Jul 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19339, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .