|Birth||Jan. 7, 1842|
|Death||Dec. 5, 1930|
|Unit||65th Illinois Infantry, Company B|
Private Samuel C McGee
Company B, 65th Illinois Infantry
McGee was born in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania on January 7, 1842. He was residing in Orion (Henry County), Illinois when he enlisted in the regiment on February 25, 1862. McGee was mustered on March 15, 1862 and served 3 years and 4 months. He re-enlisted on April 7, 1864 and was discharged on July 13, 1865 at Greensboro, North Carolina.
The 65th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Camp Douglas, Illinois on May 1, 1862. The regiment was assigned to the Siege of Harper’s Ferry (VA) (September 12-15, 1862). The unit was captured on September 15, 1862 and was paroled on September 16, 1862. The regiment was sent to Annapolis, Maryland and then to Chicago. It was declared exchanged and ordered to Kentucky in June 1863. For the remainder of the War, the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Siege of Knoxville (TN) (November 17-December 5, 1863).
Atlanta Campaign (GA) (June 4-September 8, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).
Operations against General Hood in Georgia and Alabama (September 29-November 3, 1864).
Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).
Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).
Capture of Wilmington (NC) (February 22, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).
McGee died on December 5, 1930 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Aurora Cemetery in Aurora (Hamilton County), Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.