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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