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George Lewis Gillespie

  • Birth 7 Oct 1841 Kingston, Roane County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 27 Sep 1913 Saratoga, Saratoga County, New York, USA
  • Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
  • Plot Section 13, Row A, Grave 59
  • Memorial ID 22413

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Graduated from the USMA in 1862, and was posted as a First Lieutenant in the United States Regular Army Corps of Engineers. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Bethesda Church, Virginia on May 31, 1864. His citation reads "Exposed himself to great danger by voluntarily making his way through the enemy's lines to communicate with Gen. Sheridan. While rendering this service he was captured, but escaped; again came in contact with the enemy, was again ordered to surrender, but escaped by dashing away under fire". His Medal was awarded to him on October 27, 1897. He remained in the U.S. Army after the war, rising to the rank of Major General in the Corps of Engineers.

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  • Added: 18 May 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22413
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Lewis Gillespie (7 Oct 1841–27 Sep 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22413, citing United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .