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Gale, George F.

Age: 34, credited to Brattleboro, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: comn SURG, 8th VT INF, 12/10/61 (12/10/61), resgd 6/24/62

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Birth: 05/19/1827, Petersham, MA
Death: 04/14/1907

Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 17710030
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: VHS off-site
College?: Not Found
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: None

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Dr. George F. Gale, dean of the medical profession of Brattleboro and Windham County, a surgeon in the Civil War, practitioner of high attainments, especially in surgery, and a man of strong, virile, positive characteristics, died Sunday afternoon at 12:20 in his home on Green Street, well long in his 80th year, after an illness of but a few days. Mr. Gale had not been in his usual health during the winter, and had suffered illness two or three times, which had confined him to the house, but at these times had rallied. He failed rapidly in his last illness, and death resulted from weakened heart action, and other complications.

Dr. Gale was the youngest and last survivor of 11 children of Jesse and Hannah (Holland) Gale, and was born in Petersham, Mass., May 19, 1827. His mother was a relative of J. G. Holland, the noter author.

Mr. Gale's boyhood was spent in his native town, where he attended Petersham Academy. He pursued a course of study at Middlebury College, and after somewhat varied experiences in California, and elsewhere, entered Berkshire Medical College in Pittsfield, Mass., a famous institution in its day, from which he received his degree of M. D. in 1855. While in California he was superintendent of a smallpox hospital a year or more. He practiced medicine in Cummington and Deerfield, Mass., and Janesville, Wis. Previous to coming to Brattleboro in 1858.

He was first surgeon of the Eighth Vermont regiment in the Civil War. This was an organization noted for the high character of its officers, including General Seth Thomas as the commanding officer, and John Barstow, afterwards governor of Vermont, as its adjutant. The regiment rendezvoused in Brattleboro early in 1862, went t o New York City, and there embarked in two transports under sealed orders, and after a voyage of 27 days, landed at Ship Island in the Gulf of Mexico, and a little later was called to New Orleans, where the Union troops, who occupied the city, were under command of B. F. Butler. June 24, 1863 Surgeon Gale resigned, and soon returned home. Resolutions were adopted by the officers expressing confidence in him, and regret his departure. Dr, Gale afterword went south for service when an emergency call came for surgeons.

Vermont Phoenix, April 19, 1907; see the complete obituary here
Courtesy of Deanna French