|Birth||Aug. 19, 1839|
|Death||Jan. 9, 1914|
|Cemetery||Mount Pleasant (Cairo)|
|Unit||5th Iowa Infantry, Company G|
Private George Watson
Company G, 5th Iowa Infantry
Company I, 5th Iowa Cavalry
Watson was born in New York State on August 19, 1839. He was living in Palo Alto County, Iowa when he enlisted in the 5th Iowa Infantry on June 24, 1861. He was mustered on July 16, 1861 and served over 3 years with the regiment. Watson re-enlisted on January 5, 1864. The 5th Iowa Infantry consolidated with the 5th Iowa Cavalry on August 8, 1864. Watson transferred to the 5th Iowa Cavalry and served an additional year of service. He was mustered out on August 11, 1865 at Nashville.
The 5th Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered at Burlington, Iowa on July 15, 1861. During his enlistment, the unit fought in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).
Battle of Iuka (MS) (September 19, 1862). Regimental losses were 37 killed, 176 wounded, and 2 captured or missing.
Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863). Regimental losses were 16 killed, 69 wounded, and 2 captured.
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
Battle of Missionary Ridge (TN) (November 25, 1863). Regimental losses were 1 killed, 9 wounded, and 67 captured.
The regiment lost 9 officers and 108 enlisted men in combat actions. An additional 2 officers and 131 enlisted men were lost due to disease.
Watson died on January 9, 1914. He is buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Cairo (Hall County), Nebraska. He was a charter member and the last member of the Hackelman Post (#236) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Cairo, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Lyon Post (#11) in Grand Island and the Franklin Post (#136) in Franklin.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.