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Otis, George Holman
Age: 32, credited to Vermont
Unit(s): 2nd NY INF
Service: enl, Troy, 4/20/61, comn CAPT, Co. C, 2nd NY INF, 5/14/61, pr MAJ, 7/27/61, rsgnd, 7/7/62
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Birth: 01/27/1830, Halifax, VT
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY
Marker/Plot: Section G
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 154326888
Alias?: None Noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/30/1880; widow Marion, 4/2/1906, NY, not approved
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY
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Maj. George H. Otis.
Maj. George H. Otis, a prominent Civil War veteran and well known citizen, died Saturday at his home in Troy, N.Y.
During the War of the Rebellion Major Otis distinguished himself by his bravery and in recognition of his service, he was honored and promoted. He was born January 27, 1830, in Halifax and in September of the same year his family moved to Troy. His ancestry was distinguished and could be traced to the early New England settlers. His descent was direct from John Otis, who was born in England and settled in Hingham, Mass., in 1635. Chandler Otis, his father, was born in 1803 and he died from the results of a fall during the building of the old Union station in 1854. Major Otis' mother died in 1876.
At an early age when he had completed his education Major Otis engaged in the hardware business and late held a position with the Troy Steamboat Co. Mr. Otis also engaged in the dry goods business in New York and retired in 1852. At the beginning of the Civil War he raised co. C, 2nd N.Y. Vols., and left for the front in May, 1861 in command of the company. Two months later he was promoted to the position of major, and he served with the Second regiment until his health forced him to retire, which was after the battle of Malvern Hill. From 1870 to 1877 he was an inspector on General Alden's staff, with the rank of major. He was also a member of the old Citizens' Corps.
Major Otis was well known as a business man. He was for thirty-one years a bookkeeper for the Albany & Rensselaer Steel & Iron Co. Major Otis was also a charter member of Post Griswold, G.A.R. He was a member of Mount Zion Lodge, F. & A. M., and of the I.O.O.F. He was a member of the Third Army Corps and the society of the Army of the Potomac. In September 1853, he married Miss Cordelia S. Babcock, of Rochester, N.Y. She died in 1882 and April 24, 1884, he married Mrs. Miriam Van Arnum. His wife, one daughter, Miss Jennie L. Otis, and one sister, Mrs. S. T. Drulet, of Buffalo, survive.
Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger, 27 Mar 1906.
Contributed by Deanna French