His parents were William Pitt and Anna (Newton) Bigelow, brothers, William and Charles Bigelow. His brother from his father's second marriage was Henry Winslow Bigelow. George was a lifelong resident of Holden, a farmer, single and 21 years old when he enlisted in the infantry.
His service record: Enlisted in Company E, 21st Infantry Regiment Massachusetts on 23 Aug 1861.
Killed, Company E, 21st Infantry Regiment Massachusetts on 17 Sep 1862 at Antietam, MD.
The Battle of Antietam was "The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History". 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing in 12 hours of fighting. Six generals, three from each side were killed or mortally wounded. The 21st Infantry Regt. at Antietam helped to carry the Burnside Bridge and suffered many casulties. There are over 1700 unknown soldiers buried in the Antietam National Cemetery. George T. Bigelow is probably among them but his burial was never recorded.
This memorial will be marked as a cenotaph. George's hometown of Holden honored his service and his name appears near the top of Liberty's Panel 1 of the CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL TABLETS located in the Holden Town Hall.
CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL TABLETS, Holden Town Hall:
GEORGE T. BIGELOW,
KILLED SEPT. 17, 1862.
Sources: Mass. Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War, History of Holden, MA., Vital Records of Holden, U.S. Census Records, Fold 3.