George W Palmer

BirthAug. 27, 1842
DeathJune 26, 1931
CemeteryBurton (Burton)
PostRushville (Rushville)
Unit24th Iowa Infantry, Company I

Private George W Palmer

Company I, 24th Iowa Infantry

Palmer was born in Canada on August 27, 1842. He was residing in Clinton County, Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on January 9, 1864. Palmer was mustered on February 8, 1864 and served about 17 months. He was discharged on July 17, 1865 at Savannah, Georgia.

Palmer joined the 24th Iowa Infantry in the latter stages of the Civil War. The unit was assigned to General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign from August 7 to November 28, 1864. The unit fought in two very costly battles during that Campaign:

Battle of Winchester (VA) (September 19, 1864). Regimental losses were 12 killed, 58 wounded, and 4 were captured.

Battle of Cedar Creek (VA) (October 19, 1864). Regimental losses were 7 killed, 46 wounded, and 43 were captured. Private Palmer was one of the captured soldiers. The location and length of his imprisonment were not available.

Palmer died on June 26, 1931 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Burton Cemetery in Burton (Keya Paha County), Nebraska. Palmer was a member of the Rushville Post (#310)) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Rushville, Nebraska.

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