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 George C. Spear

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George C. Spear Famous memorial

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death
3 May 1863 (aged 40–41)
Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg City, Virginia, USA
Burial
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot
Section 36, Lot 19, Grave 5 (SW)
Memorial ID
7072944 View Source

Civil War Union Army Officer. He was mustered into service in the Union Army on April 21,1861 as part of a three months enlistment regiment 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. This group of men, better known as "Birney's Zouaves" after their commander Colonel David Bell Birney, was the first regiment to leave the city of Philadelphia in uniform. When the three month enlistments ran out, George C. Spear signed up again and was mustered into three years service on August 2, 1861 as Major of the 23rd Pennsylvania. He served there until March of 1862 when the War Department transferred four companies of 23rd into the 61st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He became the Lieutenant Colonel of his new regiment, and rose to the rank of Colonel and commander. On May 3,1863, during the Battle of Chancellorsville, he was shot and killed while leading his men in the storming Marye's Heights in Fredericksburg. His body was taken and buried at a temporary location and then disinterred and buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery on June 2, 1863.

Civil War Union Army Officer. He was mustered into service in the Union Army on April 21,1861 as part of a three months enlistment regiment 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. This group of men, better known as "Birney's Zouaves" after their commander Colonel David Bell Birney, was the first regiment to leave the city of Philadelphia in uniform. When the three month enlistments ran out, George C. Spear signed up again and was mustered into three years service on August 2, 1861 as Major of the 23rd Pennsylvania. He served there until March of 1862 when the War Department transferred four companies of 23rd into the 61st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He became the Lieutenant Colonel of his new regiment, and rose to the rank of Colonel and commander. On May 3,1863, during the Battle of Chancellorsville, he was shot and killed while leading his men in the storming Marye's Heights in Fredericksburg. His body was taken and buried at a temporary location and then disinterred and buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery on June 2, 1863.

Bio by: Frank P. Marrone Jr.


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Frank P. Marrone Jr.
  • Added: 11 Jan 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 7072944
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7072944/george-c-spear: accessed ), memorial page for George C. Spear (1822–3 May 1863), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7072944, citing Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.