George Worthington

BirthApril 25, 1845
DeathMay 11, 1928
CemeteryUnion (Battle Creek)
PostVance (Battle Creek)
Unit4th New York H Artlllery, Battery H

Private George Worthington

Battery H, 4th New York Heavy Artillery

Worthington was born in England on April 25, 1845. He enlisted in the regiment on January 11, 1864 and was mustered in on January 13, 1864. Worthington served about 21 months and was mustered out on September 26, 1865 at Washington DC.

The 4th New York Heavy Artillery was organized at New York between November 1861 and February 1862. Initially, it was assigned to the defense of Washington DC. It served in that capacity until March 1864 when it was assigned to General Grant’s Overland Campaign. Grant was in need of infantry soldiers and many artillerymen were converted to that assignment. From March 1864 to the end of the War, the 4th New York was engaged in some of the most vicious and costly battles of the War. Some of the battles and military operations were:

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 12-21, 1864). – the unit lost 12 members, 53 were wounded, 5 were captured, and 4 were reported missing.

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864).

Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 16, 1864 – April 2, 1865). On June 18, 1864 the regiment lost 10 soldiers, 68 were wounded, and 1 was captured.

Battle of Ream’s Station (VA) (August 25, 1864). Losses were 9 killed, 19 wounded, 203 captured, and 88 reported missing on August 25, 1864.

Fall of Petersburg (VA) (April 2, 1865).

At Appomattox Court House when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (April 9, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 23, 1865).

Worthington died on May 11, 1928 at the age of 83 years. He is buried in the Union Cemetery in Battle Creek (Madison County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Vance Post (#272) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Battle Creek.

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