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Foster, George Washington, Jr.


Age: 0, credited to Woodbury, VT
Unit(s): 173rd NY INF, 74th USCI
Service: enl, Brooklyn, 9/6/62, m/i, Pvt, Co. A, 173rd NY INF, 10/30/62, apptd 1LT, U.S.C.I., 11/17/63, m/i 1LT, Co. K, 74th U.S.C.I., 12/5/63; tr to Co. F, 7/7/64, m/o, 10/14/65, New Orleans, LA

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Birth: 08/06/1836, Calais, VT
Death: 10/02/1906

Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Calais, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Sidney Lawson Jr.

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/2/1886; widow Cynthia A., 1/2/1907, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
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: Died in Hardwick, VT, at his sons's home. Sidney Herbert Foster, Edward L. Foster are his brothers.


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Fairfiew Cemetery, Calais,VT

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George Washington Foster was born in Calais, Vt, on the old Foster homestead, Aug. 6, 1836. He received his education in the public schools of his native town and at the Peoples Academy, Morrisville, Vt. From 1853 to the summer of 1862 he was engaged in teaching in the public schools of Washington county. In the spring of 1862 he moved to the city of Brooklyn, N. Y., and in August of that year, enlisted in the One Hundred and Seventy-third New York Volunteers, which formed a part of General Banks' expedition to New Orleans to supersede General Butler.

In November 1863, he was commissioned first lieutenant of Company F, Seventy-fourth United States C. I., stationed at Ship Island. In August 1864, he was appointed acting assistant-adjutant general on the staff of General Banks and subsequently held the positions of assistant-provost-marshal, parish of Orleans, and assistant provost-marshal-general of Louisiana in the Freedman's Bureau. He was mustered out of service in November 1865, and established himself in the city of Brooklyn, N. Y., where he conducted a music school until the first of January, 1884, when he returned to Vermont to make his home in Woodbury on the farm be" owned before the civil war. In 185S, he married Miss Cynthia Crosier, of Waterville, Vt., by whom he had three children, two of whom are living. He has held several positions of public trust in the town in which he resides, and is a prominent member of the M. E. church, and a justice of the peace. Res., Woodbury, Vt.

Source: Pierce, Frederick Clifton, Foster Genealogy, Press of W.B. Conkey Co., Chicago, 1899, p. 643.

Military Biography

George W. FOSTER, Woodbury, Vt., enlisted as private, Co. A, 173rd NY INF, 8/62; commissioned 1st Lieutenant, Co. K, 74th USCI, 11/63. Mustered out 11/65, at New Orleans, LA. In August 1864, appointed Acting Assistant Adjutant General on the staff of Major General Nathaniel P. Banks, and was continuously on detached service until discharged. On the staff of General Hare Robinson, Provost Marshal General of Louisiana; Assistant Provost Marshall, Parish of New Orleans. Recorder of the Board for examination of candidates for commissions in colored regiments, and Assistant Provost Marshal-General, State of Louisiana. in charge of Freedmen's Bureau for the establishment of colored schools, and the collection of funds for sustaining same. Placed in charge of a section of the Provost guard which maintained order in the city of New Orleans at the time of President Lincoln's assassination.

Source: Revised Roster, p. 718.


George W. Foster Died This Noon at Hardwick

Hardwick, Oct. 2. - George W. Foster, aged 70 years, formerly of Calais, died at noon today at the home of Mark Foster, his son, in this town. The funeral will occur at 11 o'clock Thursday forenoon with burial at East Calais that afternoon. He was a native of Calais and for many years was a music teacher in the vicinity of East Montpelier and Calais. He also taught t Goddard Seminary. About four years ago he went to Hardwick to reside with his son. Besides a son he is survived by Lena Cortell, of New York, a daughter, Alonzo Foster, of Calais, Edward, of New York, brothers, and Mrs. Harriet Benjamin, of South Woodbury, and Mrs., Corilla Bigby, of South Barre, sisters.

Source: Montpelier Evening Argus, October 2, 1906.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.