George Leonard Wakefield received his doctorate in medicine in 1882 from the Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, Chicago, the largest homeopathic hospital in the world, it graduated its first class in 1860. According to the 1896 Polk Medical & Surgical Register, Dr Wakefield then completed a Special Clinic with Dr. Ludlum of Chicago in 1882 and studied under Dr. Southwick of Boston in 1895.
He was the eldest child of Private Harvey M. Wakefield (1809-1862, FAG Memorial# 2600103) and Mary Ann Wakefield nee Ray (1824-1906).
I have received some additional information from David M Morin (#47707736). Part of it is George L. Wakefield’s service record: Sergt. George L. Wakefield, 9th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, Co. G; b. Plymouth, Vt.; age 18; res. Claremont, cred. Claremont; enl. July 26, '62; must. in Aug. 13, '62, as Priv.; app. Corp.; wd. May 12, '64, Spottsylvania, Va.; June 16, '64, and July 15, '64, Petersburg, Va.; Sept. 30, '64, Poplar Springs Church, Va.; app. Sergt. May 1, '65; must. out June 10, '65. P. O. ad., Henniker, N.H.
Additionally David located material in History of the Ninth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion by Edward Oliver Lord, published in 1895:
GEORGE L. WAKEFIELD.
George L. Wakefield, mustered out as sergeant of Company G, has a war record simultaneous with that of the regiment.
Born in Plymouth, Vt., he enlisted at Claremont, July 26, 1862, at the age of fifteen, and as a private carried gun and knapsack with his company every day and in every engagement up to October 1, 1864, when he was wounded in the elbow at the Battle of Poplar Springs Church, and was ordered to the hospital. He returned to his company March 19, 1865, with which he did duty till June 10, 1865, having been appointed sergeant on May 1 of that year. During the war, young Wakefield had read medicine with Dr. A. J. Moulton, a private of Company G, and in 1866 went to Wisconsin to continue his studies with Dr. T. M. Simes of Durand. In 1870 he was graduated from the Hahnemann Medical college of Chicago, and pursued his vocation in the West until 1888, when he returned to New Hampshire. He is now practicing his profession at Manchester. As a soldier, George L. Wakefield was commended for his poise in emergencies, his bravery in action, and his rigid adherence to every demand of duty. He was often called to positions of trust by his superiors at critical times; he never complained, and though wounded several times, never missed a march or fight in which the Ninth took part. The same qualities of heart and mind which characterized him in the days of '61 to '65 have been shown prominently in his after life, and have made him unusually successful in his medical and surgical practice. To Dr. Wakefield the Regimental association owes the compilation of its very complete necrology, and his daughter. Miss Electa Wakefield, has been made a daughter of the association, for assistance rendered her father in performing his duties as necrologist and in presenting to the association a beautifully inscribed necrological volume.
Harvy M. Wakefield
Electa E. Wakefield