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Civil War Soldiers - Bayard

Bayard, George Dashiell, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Seneca Falls, N. Y., Dec. 18, 1835. Moving with his parents to Iowa in early youth, he attended a military school taught by a Maj. Dorn, and learned fencing from Col. Korponay, an exiled Hungarian. Going then to West Point he was graduated in 1856, and was assigned to frontier duty in the 1st cavalry. He was severely wounded there in a fight with the Kiowa Indians. In 1861 he was cavalry instructor at West Point, became a 1st lieutenant in the 3d cavalry on March 16 of that year, and on Aug. 20 he was promoted to captain of the 4th cavalry and granted a leave of absence to become colonel of the 1st Penn. cavalry. On April 28, 1862, he was promoted to brigadier-general of volunteers, and served with distinction in the campaigns of the Shenandoah, northern Virginia and on the Rappahannock. In the battle of Fredericksburg he was mortally wounded, and on the next day, Dec. 14, 1862, he died. He was buried with military honors at Princeton, N. J. A memorial by his father was published in 1874.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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