French, George Blood
Age: 25, credited to Cavendish, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 4th VT INF, 26th NY CAV/VT FCAV
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, 1SGT, Co. E, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; comn 1LT, Co. C, 4th VT INF, 9/3/61 (9/3/61), pr Adjutant, 7/17/62 (8/16/62), wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, m/o 9/30/64; comn CPT, Co. M, Frontier Cavalry (26th NY CAV), 1/10/65 (2/23/65), m/o 6/27/65 [College: NU 53]
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Birth: 04/14/1836, Cavendish, VT
Burial: Proctor Cemetery, Cavendish, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 13897368
Alias?: None noted
Portrait?: Linda M. Welch, VHS Collections
College?: NU 53
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
Remarks: Died in East Orange, NJ, at the home of his son
Webmaster's Note: After the Saint Albans Raid on October 19, 1864, Vermont raised two companies of cavalry to help guard the Canadian border; there were known as Frontier Cavalry, Companies F and M, but technically they were part of the 26th New York Cavalry.
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Proctor Cemetery, Cavendish, VT
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Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society
(Linda Welch Collection)
George B. French, son of Calvin and Valeria (Blood) French, was born in Cavendish (Proctorsville) Vt. He prepared for college in the schools of his town and entered the University in 1852, remaining two years. He engaged in business in Davenport, la., 1853-56; St. Paul, Minn., 1856-59. In September, 1859, he returned to Cavendish, and engaged in business until 1861, when he entered the army.
He enlisted as a private in Co E, 1st Vermont Volunteers, May 2, 1861; was promoted 1st sergeant; served at Fortress Monroe, Va., for some time; was mustered out of service August 15, 1861. He was commissioned 1st lieutenant Co. C, 4th Vermont Infantry, September 3, 1861; was promoted adjutant, July 17, 1862. At the battle of Lee's Mills, Va., April 16, 1862, he was distinguished for his gallantry in carrying orders from Colonel Stoughton to General Smith under the heavy fire of Mott's and Ayres' batteries and for assisting in carrying the wounded from the field. He commanded his company through the Peninsula campaign and on the retreat before Richmond. He was again conspicuous for bravery at the battle of Fredericksburg, May 5, 1863, his horse being shot under him during the engagement. He served with his regiment in August, 1863, in suppressing the draft riots in New York city; took part in the battle of the Wilderness, being severely wounded, May 5, 1864; was confined in the United States Naval Hospital at Annapolis Md., several weeks. He rejoined his regiment in the Shenandoah Valley, taking part in the battle of Winchester; was mustered out of service with his regiment at Brattleboro, Vt., September 30, 1864. He then served as deputy provost marshal of the 2d Congressional district of Vermont, October, 1864 until January, 1865. He was commissioned captain Company F, 26th New York Cavalry (Frontier Cavalry) January 10, 1865, and served with his company at Burlington and St. Albans, Vt., until the close of the war; was mustered out of service June 26, 1865.
He is a Republican in politics and has held several positions; was county clerk of Windsor County, Vt., and clerk of the Supreme Court and the court of chancery for his county Jun 20, 1867, until his resignation, March 1, 1885; represented Woodstock in the House of Representatives, 1884-85, serving on several important committees. In September, 1885, he removed to Fremont, Neb., where he has engaged in farming to date.
Ellis, William Arba, Norwich University, 1819-1911, Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor, (Capital City Press, Montpelier, 1911), 2:566-567
(Linda M. Welch)
Death of Capt. George B. French
Capt. George B. French, aged 74 years, veteran of the civil war and for many years clerk of Windsor county, died at the home of his son, Wayne French, in East Orange, N.J., Friday morning. Death was caused by pneumonia.
Captain French who was in Woodstock several days a few months since, removed to Fremont, Neb., about 25 years ago and was engaged in farming and cattle raising. Of late years he has not been in active business. He is pleasantly remembered here as a courteous, kindly man, popular as an official, and as a thoroughly esteemed citizen.
Captain French married Miss Belle Martin, sister of Mrs. Converse, in Colebrook, N.H. She survives him, and he also leaves a daughter, Mrs. William Magenau, a son, Gerald, both now living in Mexico, and his son Wayne, at whose home he died.
His mother, who is over 100 years old, Mrs. Valeria Blood French, is living in Proctorsville.
Mrs. French was in Mexico when her husband was taken ill and was not able to reach East Orange until Friday Night.
Woodstock Spirit of the Age, December 31, 1910.