|Birth||June 19, 1843|
|Death||Aug. 21, 1931|
|Cemetery||West Lawn (Gering)|
|Unit||2nd California Cavalry, Company G|
Sergeant George Sowerwine
Company G, 2nd California Cavalry
Sowerwine was born in Delaware County, Indiana on June 19, 1843. Sowerwine served 2 tours of duty with the regiment. Initially, he enlisted and was mustered in the unit on September 27, 1861 at the Presidio in San Francisco. He served 3 years and was mustered out on September 27, 1864. He re-enlisted on September 19, 1865 and served an additional 15 months. He was mustered out on April 7, 1866 at Camp Union, Califoria.
On January 29, 1863 the regiment was part of the engagement at Bear River, Utah Territory against the Shoshoni Indians. Some estimates indicate that approximately 250 Shoshonis (men, women, and children) were killed. The regimental casualties were 12 killed and 19 wounded.
Sowerwine died on August 21, 1931. He is buried in the West Lawn Cemetery in Gering (Scotts Bluff County), Nebraska. He was the last Civil War veteran in Gering and one of the last members of the Gering Post (#265) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Gering.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.