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 George K Bratten

George K Bratten

Birth
York County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 28 Jul 1898 (aged 74)
York County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Fairview Township, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 86864865 · View Source
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George K. Bratten was born in York County. He married Rebecca Herrick, but she died April 9, 1845. He married Margaret Elizabeth "Lizzie" Krone January 19, 1851, in Newberrytown, York County, and fathered Ellwood (b. 10/27/51), Clarissa (b. 09/26/53), Landis (b. 11/05/55), Carlton P. (b. 01/06/58), Jacob F. (b. 12/20/59), Mary (b. 04/03/64), Sarah M. (b. 09/27/66), Henry M. (b. 10/11/68), Alda P. (b. 04/06/71), Margaret "Maggie" (b. 07/15/73), and Frank Delmar (b. 10/30/75).

A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in York August 4, 1862, and mustered into federal service at Harrisburg as a private with Co. K. 130th Pennsylvania Infantry. Bunk mate of Jacob Eppley Kister, with whom he was living in 1860, and frequently detailed as a cook. According to the Baltimore Sun of September 25, 1862, he was wounded at the battle of Antietam September 17, 1862, the nature of which was not revealed. Bratten never mentioned a wound in his diary, but he did describe how he never entered the battle proper. Instead, when the first men began to fall, he decided to spend his time assisting the wounded from the field and did not set foot on the ground where the 130th Pennsylvania fought in front of the sunken road until days after fighting ended. He escaped the battle of Fredericksburg unharmed but was shot in the left thigh four inches above the knee at the battle of Chancellorsville for which he was hospitalized at Armory Square U.S. Hospital, Washington DC. He rejoined the company in time to receive his honorably discharge with them May 21, 1863, in Harrisburg. He also served with Co. B, 200th Pennsylvania Infantry, enlisting August 23, 1864, in Goldsboro, York County, and promoted to 1st sergeant August 24, 1864. He was wounded at the battle of Fort Stedman March 25, 1865, and was not present at muster-out. He maintained a diary while serving with the 130th Pennsylvania.

In 1890, he lived in Newberry Township, York County. Because of his gunshot wound to his leg, he "suffered much pain and sorness with cramping in limb."

NOTE: If you know more about George Bratton, I would appreciate hearing from you. He was a prolific letter writer, and I would love to contact his descendants to learn if his writings still exist. A copy of his diary is in the York County Heritage Trust. tbng@comcast.net



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  • Created by: Michael Simanovich
  • Added: 16 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86864865
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George K Bratten (15 Mar 1824–28 Jul 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86864865, citing Emanuel Cemetery, Fairview Township, York County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Michael Simanovich (contributor 47473659) .