George H Ross

BirthJune 27, 1842
DeathMay 19, 1923
CemeterySunny Side (Wilber)
PostHarker (Wilber)
Unit101st Illinois Infantry, Company G

Private George H Ross

Company G, 101st Illinois Infantry

Ross was born in Morgan County, Illinois on June 27, 1842. He was living in Macoupin County, Illinois when he enlisted in the regiment for 3 years on August 20, 1862. The 20 year old farmer was mustered in on September 2, 1862 at Jacksonville, Illinois. He served about 33 months and was mustered out on June 7, 1865 at Washington DC.

The 101st Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Jacksonville, Illinois on September 2, 1862. In March 1863 members of Company G were assigned to United States Ram Fleet on the Mississippi River. They were assigned to the USS Switzerland and served about 6 months including the Siege of Vicksburg.

During the balance of the Civil War, the regiment was involved in several major battles and military operations. A partial list includes:

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 3-September 8, 1864).

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

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).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when Confederate General Joe Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Ross died on May 19, 1923 at the age of 80 years. He is buried in the Sunny Side Cemetery in Wilber (Saline County), Nebraska. Ross was the last member of the Harker Post (#51) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Wilber. In addition, he was a member of the Farragut Post (#25) of the GAR in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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