George M Place

BirthJuly 4, 1848
DeathJan. 20, 1931
CemeteryPrairie Home (Diller)
PostNichajack (Diller)
Unit15th Ohio Infantry, Company H

Private George M Place

Company H, 15th Ohio Infantry

Place was born in Sunsbury, Ohio on July 4, 1848. Ohio records indicate that he enlisted and mustered in the regiment as a 20 year old private on January 30, 1864. Based on his date of birth, he was 15 years old when he enlisted. Place served about 22 months and was discharged on November 21, 1865.

He joined the regiment in the early part of 1864. During his enlistment, the unit was involved in several major campaigns and battles. A partial list includes:

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).

Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).

Battle of Pickett’s Mill (GA) (May 27, 1864). The mostly costly battle of the Civil War for the 15th Ohio Infantry. Regimental losses were 15 killed, 50 wounded, 14 were captured, and 9 reported missing.

Assault on Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 27, 1864).

Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22—August 25, 1864).

Operations against General Hood (AL/GA) (September 29-November 3, 1864).

Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).

Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).

Place died on January 20, 1931 at the age of 82 years. He is buried in the Prairie Home Cemetery in Diller (Jefferson County), Nebraska. Place was a member of the Nichajack Post (#245) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Diller.

Additional information taken from Place’s obituary includes:

He moved to Diller in 1879.

Place married Emma D Mills on January 8, 1885. The couple had 5 children.

His wife died in 1921.

At the time of his death, only 1 Civil War Veteran (Allen Colman) remained in the community. Colman attended the funeral.

Doc – Place(15OHIO).doc

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