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Civil War Soldiers - Deitzler

Deitzler, George W., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Pine Grove, Pa., Nov. 30, 1826, was educated in the district schools and removed to Kansas in 1855, becoming there one of the leaders of the conservative Free State party. In March, 1855, he was sent east by Gov. Robinson, and obtained from the emigrant aid company an order for 100 Sharp's rifles, which he brought back to Lawrence in boxes labeled "books." In May, 1856, he was arrested, with other leaders of the Free State party, indicted for treason and thrown into prison, but was set at liberty on Sept. 10. He was elected to the state legislature in 1857 and chosen speaker, was reelected in 1859, and in 1861 was appointed Indian agent by President Lincoln, the appointment being withdrawn, however, on account of opposition by Senator James H. Lane, before it came before the senate for confirmation. At the outbreak of the Civil war he organized the 1st Kan. volunteers, of which he became colonel, June 5, 1861, and was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers Nov. 29, 1862, for bravery at Wilson's creek, where he commanded a brigade. He resigned from the volunteer army on account of ill health, Aug. 22, 1863, and in 1864 was made major-general of Kansas militia. Subsequently he served as mayor of Lawrence and treasurer of the board of regents of the University of Kansas. He died at Tucson, Ariz., April 11, 1884, from injuries sustained in a fall from his carriage.

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

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