|Birth||April 6, 1844|
|Death||Aug. 7, 1933|
|Unit||58th Indiana Infantry, Company I|
Corporal George Van
Company I, 58th Indiana Infantry
Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC)
Van was born Warrick County, Indiana on April 6, 1844. Van enlisted and was mustered in the regiment as a corporal on December 16, 1861. He served about 26 months with the unit before transferring to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on February 9, 1864. Van’s length of service with the VRC was not available. The VRC was organized for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from illness. The members performed light duty and freed up able-bodied soldiers for front-line duty.
The 58th Indiana Infantry was organized and mustered at Princeton and Indianapolis between November 12 and December 22, 1861. During his enlistment, the unit fought in some major battles and military operations. Two of them include:
Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863). Regimental losses was 20 killed and 8 wounded.
Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-20, 1863). Regimental losses were 25 killed, 5 wounded, and 8 missing.
Van died on August 7, 1933 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Litchfield Cemetery in Litchfield (Sherman County), Nebraska. Van was one of the last members of the Perryville Post (#231) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Litchfield.
Van was 1 of 3 veterans that served with the 58th Indiana Infantry and are buried in the Litchfield Cemetery. The others are brothers Jacob and Louis Engleman.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.