George M O'Brien

BirthMay 1, 1828
DeathJan. 8, 1887
CemeteryHoly Sepulchre (Omaha)
PostCuster (Omaha)

Major George M O’Brien

Field & Staff (7th Iowa Cavalry)

O’Brien was born in County Wexford, Ireland on May 1, 1828. He was living in Dubuque (Dubuque County), Iowa when he enlisted as a major on May 15, 1863. The 35 year old O’Brien was commissioned into the Field & Staff of the 7th Iowa Cavalry on July 13, 1863. O’Brien received 3 brevet promotions (temporary or not permanent) promotions before he was discharged on May 17, 1866. His final brevetted rank was brigadier general.

The 7th Iowa Infantry was organized at Davenport, Iowa between April 27 and July 13, 1863. The unit was moved to Omaha and assigned to garrison, guarding telegraph lines, escorting trains, and protecting emigrants in Nebraska and the Dakota Territory. It was part of General Alfred Sully’s 1863 campaign against the Sioux Nation.

O’Brien died on January 8, 1887 at the age of 59 years. He is buried in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Omaha (Douglas County), Nebraska. The O’Brien Post (#241) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Turner, Nebraska was named after him. In addition, he was a member of the Custer Post (#7) of the GAR in Omaha.

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