Foster, George Perkins
Age: 25, credited to Walden, VTVITALS
Birth: 10/03/1835, Walden, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
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George P. Foster
George P. Foster
Brevet Brigadier-General United States Volunteers
Commissioned Captain Company G, Fourth Regiment Vermont Infantry Volunteers September 21, 1861; mustered into the United States service September 21, 1861; promoted Major July 18, 1862; Lieutenant-Colonel November 5, 1862; Colonel February 3, 1864; severely wounded in the thigh May 5, 1864; Brevet Brigadier-General August 1, 1864, for gallant and meritorious service before Richmond and in the Shenandoah Valley, Va.; mustered out of the United States service July 13, 1865.
Present in action at Lee's Mills, Williamsburg, Golding's Farm, Savage's Station and Whie Oak Swamp, Va.; Crampton's Gap and Antietam, Md.; Fredericksburg and Marye's Heights, Salem Heights and Second Fredericksburg, Va.; Gettysburg, Pa.;l Funkstown, Md.; Rappahannok Station and the Wilderness, Va. (severely wounded); Charleston, Opequan, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, and Petersburg, Va. At the battle of Winchester Colonel Foster had command of the Vermont Brigade.
Several times while Colonel of the Fourth Vermont he commanded the Second Brigade (Old Vermont Brigade), Second Division, Sixth Corps.
Source: Revised Roster, p. 751.
March 20, 1879
DEATH OF GENERAL GEORGE P. FOSTER.
General George P. Foster, United States Marshall for this district, died at his residence in Burlington last evening a few minutes after nine o'clock. General Forter, as a civil officer, was capable and deservedly popular, but our heart at this hour irresistibly reverts to his military career, for we know what mourning there will be in the ranks of "The Old Vermont Brigade," when they hear of the death of this genial and gallant old comrade, who commanded them at Cedar Creek, when the Vermont Brigade was the rock upon which the Sixth Corps leaned while the rest of our broken army was rallied. Gen. Foster entered the army as captain of Co. G, 4th Vermont Volunteers, in September, 1861, and was soon promoted major of his regiment. He was commissioned lieutenant-colonel November 5, 1862; and full colonel Feb. 3, 1864.In the dreadful slaughter of the Vermont brigade at the battle of the Wilderness, Col. Foster fell severely wounded. Recovering from his wounds he resumed his command and during Sheridan's great campaign in the valley, fought with characteristic coolness and courage. At Cedar Creek he commanded the Vermont Brigade and was brevetted brigadier-general for his gallant and distinguished services on this occasion, and in the last charge of the Sixth Corps upon Lee's lines before Petersburg, April 2nd, 1865, the gallant Foster was again in command of the brigade. His military services ended with the surrender of the Appomatox. General Foster was over six feet in height, well-proportioned, and a man of great muscular strength. No handsomer soldier than he ever stood in the ranks of the Vermont Brigade, as we remember him in the old fighting days, before increasing corpulence and disease had impaired his natural symmetry. Like most men of unusual physical power, he was one of the kindest and most genial of men; his good nature never failed him. In war or in peace, in peril or out of it, he was always the same cool, impurturbable man, always good natured and always gallant. Underneath his bland exterior he concealed a deal of sagacity, sly humor and resolution. His famous capture of the Fenian General O'Neil illustrates the nature of the man; his shrewdness and his prompt courage. General Foster was socially a great personal favorite, and so kind and tender a husband and father that the bitter bereavement of his wife and children is inexpressibly sorrowful to contemplate. Vermont has lost a stout soldier, who faced death and shed his blood for her honor without flinching, and all who have enjoyed his friendship will long miss him as a most genial gentleman and loyal friend. General Foster was appointed United States Marshal in 1869, on the death of Hon. Hugh Henry, of Chester, and has therefore held the office nearly ten years.
Contributed by Tom Boudreau.