|Birth||Aug. 1, 1844|
|Death||March 25, 1929|
|Cemetery||Pleasant Hill (Lynch)|
|Unit||8th Iowa Cavalry, Company M|
Private George W Bush
Company M, 8th Iowa Cavalry
Bush was born in Iowa on August 1, 1844. He was living in Huron (Des Moines County), Iowa when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on August 1, 1863. Bush was 19 years old at the time of his enlistment. He served 2 years and was mustered out on August 13, 1865 at Macon, Georgia.
The 8th Iowa Cavalry was organized at Davenport on September 30, 1863. The regiment was sent to Tennessee and assigned guard duty on the Nashville & Northwestern Railroad until March 1864. After that duty, it was assigned to the Atlanta Campaign from May to September 1864. During that time, it was involved in the Battle of Newnan (GA) on July 30, 1864. During the battle, the unit lost 5 soldiers and 20 were wounded. Civil War records indicate that 268 members of the regiment were taken prisoner. They were sent to the Andersonville Prison in Georgia. George Bush was not taken prisoner.
In the latter part of 1864 the regiment fought at the Battle of Franklin (November 30, 1864) and Battle of Nashville (December 15-16, 1864).
Bush died on March 25, 1929 at the age of 84 years. He is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lynch (Boyd County), Nebraska. Bush was the last member of the Horton Post (#356) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Lynch.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.