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George Washington Hamilton

 
 

Born: 28 Jan 1844, Washington County, IN
Died:  15 May 1862, Jefferson Barracks, MO

 

                                     
 

George Washington Hamilton was born 28 Jan 1844 in Washington County, Indiana.  He was the last child born to Ninian Beall Hamilton (b. 1789) and Mary Margaret Wilfong.

 

 

Children of Ninian Beall Hamilton and Mary Margaret Wilfong
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Mary Susannah Hamilton 26 Jul 1825 10 Jun 1827  
Delilah "Dovey" Ann Hamilton 20 Nov 1828 30 Jan 1901 John Stephen Martin
Reuben Hamilton 06 Feb 1831 1838  
Rebecca Juliana Hamilton 13 Jan 1834 01 Feb 1834  
Ninian Beall Hamilton 14 Mar 1835 05 Feb 1869 Rebecca Lovina Cannady
David Wilfong Hamilton 05 Oct 1838 26 Mar 1926 Achsa Ann Martin
Candace Shuford Hamilton 23 Jul 1841 26 Oct 1913 Isaac Hiestand Martin
 
 

George enlisted in the Union army during the Civil War on 13 Feb 1862 at the age of 18.  Three months later George was dead - having died from effects of measles.   George died on a boat on the way to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, as he is shown as dying on the May 15th and the boat arriving on May 17th.

 
George was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Road, St. Louis MO 63125, Section 58 Site 10583.
 
Gravestone for George Washington GHamilton

 
 
 

Letter # 1

 
Letter Dated: March 1862
From: George Wahington Hamilton (age 18)
Living In: Indiana
To: Ninian Beall Hamilton (b. 1789 - age 73) (Father)
Living In: Pekin P. O., Washington Co., Indiana
 

Well Pop -

     I am here all right, well and fat. We got to Camp Morton at Indianapolis. We left New Albany
(Indiana) on Monday and went to Jeffersonville (Indiana) at 9 o'clock and got to the camp about 12 o'clock and got something to eat once more.

     We have about 5,000 rebels here and we have to keep a good look out for them for they say that they will go out anywhere. Well, they have got Buckner over at town. They had him out to the camp the day we came to the camp, but I did not see him. Some of the boys did.

     Well we some of the
[illegible] times. We have got the best company in the Regiment.

     Tell Gosses that I will write to them as soon as I can. We have the poorest chance to write when we have to write on our knees. Well you must not work too hard. I expect that I will not be gone long.

     I was on guard last Wednesday night. It is a good deal colder here than it was at Camp Nobel, but we do not care for the cold. It is snowing. I know the Rebels is the ornyest set of people that you ever saw. They are from one fourth to full niggers. They look like that they was all part darky.

     We have got our orders to keep ourselves ready at a moments warning. We was called out last night but we had got the alarm by the accidental discharge of a gun in the guard line. We have about 3,000 men here and we have 0 pieces of mounted guns. I think that they will not get away til we get ready for them to go. We have Enfield rifles.

 Well I must close. I remain -

 Yours,

 

G. W.  Hamilton

 
 

Letter # 2

 
Letter Dated: April 1 1862
From: George Wahington Hamilton (age 18)
Living In: Camp Savannah, Hardin County, Tennessee
To: Unknown Recipient, but delivered to Ninian Beall Hamilton (b. 1789 - age 73) (Father)
Living In: Pekin P. O., Washington Co., Indiana
 

Well ould (Old) horse -

     I am here all right once more. I have just come out of the hospital - got well of the measles. I was very sick, but I am in good fix now.

     Well we left Camp Morton
(Indiana) on Friday and went St. Louis and got to step on the boat, A. McDowell, and on Sunday we left there and went slowly on down the mud and we passed all the towns on our way, stopping at them all. Well all things is going on as usual - we passed Paducah, there is some large guns there, and we passed Ft. Henry (Tennessee), but it was in the night and I did not see what was there. There is a great fight expected there. There is about 1,500 rebels there but we have got a great many boys there - it is about 8 miles above here and we hope to hove ashore in the fun before the fun is over. Let them give us a call and we will be at their service with our Enfield rifles and sabor bayonets. They weigh about 4 pounds - they have a hand hold on them and I could cut a man all to pieces.

     Our pickets brought in five sesesh last night - we get some of them once in a while. Well I have saw a great many things since I saw you. I have had some fun and some hard times - that is so.

     We have some things that they call crackers but they are as hard as sun dried brick. I could dance on them for 24 hours at a time and never bruise them - they are about 4 inches square. We are on a hill and can see over the river
(Tennessee River). Well this is the last page and I am getting tired and must come to a close. Your must take this to Pap and anybody that I cared for, and you must read it for yourself. I hope that you are getting along with your farm and all things in general. The mail comes in fine, and I think you might write. I got a letter that was sent to Camp Morton. Direct c/o Capt. Peck, 53 Reg., Indiana Volunteers, Camp Savannah, Hardin County, Tennessee.

 

G. W.  Hamilton

 
 

Letter from George's brother, Ninian Jr., to their father, Ninian Sr.

 
Letter Dated: May 22, 1862
From: Ninian Beall Hamilton, Jr. (age 27)
Living In: Hartsville, Indiana
To: Ninian Beall Hamilton (b. 1789 - age 73) (Father)
Living In: Pekin P. O., Washington Co., Indiana
 

Hartsville, Indiana

May 22, 1862

 

Dear Father: 

    
Some time since we received your letter. You stated you wished me to send you word when ever I heard anything of George
(George Washington Hamilton, b. 1/28/1854, d. 5/15/1862; RHR).

    
I have been watching the papers closely for the 53rd and in yesterdays I see G. W. Hamilton, Wm. Packwood, N. Ross (wonder if it ain't N. Boss) and others belonging to the 53rd are in the list of sick and wounded. They reached St. Louis last Saturday (5/17/1862; RHR) by the Steamboat boat, Imperial. I suppose George is sick as he was not in the battle of Pittsburg Landing as I can learn of.

   
 I do not know how bad he is - there are many among them that are not dangerous at all and of course some are. I shall write to St. Louis today and see if I can get any word soon, and indeed I may telegraph there - if I do I shall not close this till I get word.

     We are all well - the babe
(Melvin Leroy Hamilton, b. 12/11/1861; RHR) grows fast and is such a good child. Hardie (George Harding Hamilton, b. 7/12/1858; RHR) is as lively as ever.

    
How we would like to have George here and take care of him, while he is sick if I could I would go and bring him home. Do you hear from the boys any? George wrote me a letter and I answered it and was fixing to go to Indianapolis to see him when I got your letter stating that he was in Tenn.

     James L. Chittenden, brother of Lymans - died in Mo. of his wounds received in the battle of Pea Ridge. He was shot through the left lung and lived 10 weeks.

     I am preparing to commence the Commercial School again this fall. I shall teach writing schools till harvest and perhaps after that I will work at the trade till fall. Have you and Isaac
(Isaac Martin) much harvest? It would be rather far for me to go and harvest when there is much here.

     Write soon -

Your son -

N. B. Hamilton

 
 

Letter from George's brother, Ninian Jr., to their father, Ninian Sr.

 
Letter Dated: August 23, 1862
From: Ninian Beall Hamilton, Jr. (age 27)
Living In: Hartsville, Indiana
To: Ninian Beall Hamilton (b. 1789 - age 73) (Father)
Living In: Pekin P. O., Washington Co., Indiana
 
 

Hartsville, Indiana

August 23, 1862

 

Dear Father:

     I have just got back from Madison having been down there in camp for a little while, a little more than a week. Another company of volunteers left for camp a few days ago from our township.

     I went down with the boys for the purpose of getting a clerk-ship in the 67th Regiment but I got word from home that our babe was sick and I did not stay till the Regiment was organized. Since I came home the Rgt. left for Louisville and I shall not make any further effort to follow it. We have furnished between 200 and 300 men from our township.

     Our babe is sick yet but much better - cutting teeth is the trouble. Ma and Henry got home safe. We were much gratified to hear that your health was so good and that you seemed in such good spirits. I have been laid up for 5 weeks so that I could not work - first with a catarrh
(inflammation of a mucous membrane especially of the nose and throat. ? RHR) on my hand and next a huge blood boil on my wrist and day before yesterday I had a severe attack of Cholera Morbus (any of several intestinal diseases), but I am about well now. Hardie (George Harding Hamilton) is quite well and a great pet of grandma's.

     School commences here next Monday and of course the number will be small but still we expect to have some school. My school will not open as I do not know of patronage enough to justify. I think if I am not drafted I will get some position that will pay this fall, either in the army or elsewhere. I do not know whether I will get to come and see you this fall or not. Hartsville is almost deserted - a great many gone to war - both old and young.

    
You said something about Isaac (Isaac Martin) wanting George's (George Washington Hamilton) share of the estate. Perhaps it will just come right for me to pay that $100.00 in that way if so I would like it done as soon as possible to stop the interest. Did George draw any of his pay? If it is not drawn yet - I will help you get it and as far as I am concerned I want you to keep that to pay your expenses going after George. The necessary blanks etc., to enable friends of deceased soldiers to get what is due them can be had by writing to the Second Auditor of the Treasury Department.

     Some of our townspeople start to Conference in the morning (To Martinsburg). Let us hear from you soon. Excuse this as it is the first I have written for 6 weeks on account of my hand.

     Your son-

 

N. B. Hamilton

 
 

Letter from George's brother, David Wilfong Hamilton.,
to their sister, Candace Hamilton Martin

 
Letter Dated: June 13, (Friday) 1862
From: David Wilfong Hamilton (age 23)
Living In: Portland Illinois
To: Isaac & Candace Hamilton Martin (age 20)  (Sister & Brother-in-Law)
Living In: Pekin P. O., Washington Co., Indiana
 
 

Portland, Illinois

June 13, (Friday) 1862

 

Dear Bro. and Sister:

     At home again tired with the days labor. O dear, teaching is so perplexing. But, that does not weigh so heavily as the news your letter brought me yesterday.
It struck me with extreme anguish to hear of his
(George Washington Hamilton, b.1/28/1844 - d.5/15/1860; RHR) dying far from home, and the tender words of a kind father, which he  inferred, so much longed for during his illness. I weep while writing and can only find relief in out- gushing tears - I weep because he was young, far from home and friends, and I fear without any hope of immortality beyond the grave. God only knows, I don't. And I weep because of the grief of father. His comforts were few at most and to have a son far away, languishing and dying, is more than he can bear. Last Saturday I was at Geneseo - saw the last letter he wrote to Dove (Delilah Ann Hamilton, b.11/20/1828 - d.1/30/1901; RHR), the last any of us got. I got his address last Sunday (June 8, 1862) and wrote him a letter. But one thing is left us, we have the comfort that he died in defense of his liberty. This war is dire and thousands of hearts among the living are wrung by it's consequences. But the instigators will reap their reward.

     We are keeping house this summer in a large two-story brick. Our house is shaded with large hickory trees, interspersed with lilacs, tamaracks, spruces, etc. I made garden also, have lettuce, peas, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes and corn growing. My potatoes and corn are growing fast.

     The school house is over two miles from this place, so I have quite a walk of morning and evenings. My school is large, over fifty scholars in all - forty-three today. I hear 32 recitations in all.

     The people of the district are nearly all old settlers and wealthy - hence aristocratic, so I have to keep a stiff upper lip.

     O yes, that young soldier
(probably referring to Can's new baby boy, Ninian Stephen Martin, b.5/21/1862; RHR) - I hope you are doing well and would infer you were from your writing. Well success to you and yours. I would like to have that little duck of yours here with mine just awhile, mine is so lonesome. I must stop - tis night.

     Sunday morning - Yesterday I spent running around, got some currants, gooseberries, etc. - visited and back home. One week ago I was at Doves - she has any variety of flowers in her dooryard. Afternoon 6 o'clock - I have been to preaching twice since morning. I went six miles this afternoon to hear a good old Presbyterian, heard a good sermon and rode home with the preacher.

    This has been a pleasant day to me, but tomorrow my vexations commence.
My dear sister comfort our dear father. I long to see him. I hope George's body can be brought home and interred by mother. You could find out by writing to the captain of his company where he was buried, or if you write to the hospital surgeon at St. Louis, they have the names, the regiment, the company, and the residence of each soldier. If I had the means I would go myself and get it.

Your brother,

 

D. W.. Hamilton

 
 
 
                                       
                                       
                                       
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