|Birth||May 20, 1842|
|Death||May 2, 1929|
|Unit||66th Illinois Infantry, Company C|
Sergeant George Washington Green
Company C, 66th Illinois Infantry
Green was born in Illinois on May 20, 1842. He was living in Sheffield (Bureau County), Illinois when he enlisted and was mustered on November 9, 1861. The 19 year old mechanic enlisted for 3 years and served about 44 months with the regiment. He re-enlisted on December 26, 1863 at Pulaski, Tennessee. Green was promoted to sergeant during his tour of duty. He was mustered out on July 7, 1865 at Camp Logan, Kentucky.
The 66th Illinois Infantry was organized at Benton Barracks, Missouri in September and November 1861. Initially, the unit was called the Birge’s Western Sharpshooters under the authority of General John C Fremont. The official title of the unit was the 14th Missouri Infantry. The designation of the regiment was changed to the 66th Illinois Infantry on November 20, 1862.
During Green’s enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles and military operations. Some of them include:
Battle of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 12-16, 1862).
Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).
Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862).
Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).
Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).
Assault on Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 27, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).
General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).
Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).
Campaign of the Carolinas (SC/NC) (January-April 1865).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) (April 26, 1865) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee.
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
Green died on May 2, 1929 at the age of 86 years. He is buried in the Inman Cemetery in Inman (Holt County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Inman Post (#183) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Inman.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.