George Greig


BirthNov. 8, 1840
DeathAug. 6, 1931
CemeteryBlue Hill (Blue Hill)
PostLogan (Blue Hill)
Unit2nd New York H Artillery, Company E

Sergeant George Greig

Company E, 2nd New York Heavy Artillery

Greig was born in Anstrutha, Scotland on November 8, 1840. He enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on October 2, 1861 at Staten Island, New York. He served 3 years and was mustered out on October 1, 1864 at Petersburg, Virginian.

Company E of the 2nd New York Heavy Artillery was organized and mustered at Staten Island, New York on October 2, 1861. From that time until May 1864, the unit was assigned to duty in defense of Washington DC. The regiment was ordered to join the Army of the Potomac on May 15, 1864. The regiment was involved several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Rapidan Campaign (VA) (May-June 1864).

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864). From June 2 through 12 the regiment lost 18 soldiers, 126 were wounded, and 7 taken were taken prisoner.

Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 16, 1864 to April 2, 1865). From June 15 through June 24, 1864 the regiment lost 31 soldiers, 178 were wounded, and 37 were captured or reported missing.

Appomattox Campaign (VA) (March 28-April 9, 1865).

At Appomattox Court House (VA) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (April 9, 1865).

The regiment suffered heavy casualties during the Civil War. Ten (10 officers and 204 enlisted men were lost in combat operations.

Greig died on August 6, 1931 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Blue Hill Cemetery in Blue Hill (Webster County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Logan Post (#135) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Blue Hill. In addition, he was a member of the Burnside Post (#79) of the GAR in Bladen, Nebraska.

The “Find-a-Grave” website has posted Greig’s obituary. Additional points regarding his life include:

Grieg (along with his family) migrated to the United States in 1854.

The family homesteaded near Lancaster, Wisconsin.

Grieg and his wife moved to Nebraska in 1876 and homesteaded 5 miles west of Blue Earth.

He moved to Blue Earth in 1901 and lived there until his death.

Doc – Greig(2NY).doc

Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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