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Civil War Soldiers - Getty

Getty, George W., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Georgetown, D. C, Oct. 2, 1819. He was graduated at West Point in 1840, doing garrison duty at various posts, was promoted 1st lieutenant Oct. 31, 1845, and served in the Mexican war, being present at Contreras and Churubusco, for which service he was brevetted captain, April 20, 1847, and at Molino del Rey, Chapultepec, and the taking of the City of Mexico. He served in the Seminole wars of 1849-50, and 1856-57, was promoted captain in 1853, and was in Kansas during the troubles incidental to the organization of a state government, 1857-58. He was made aide-de-camp with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, Sept. 28, 1861, commanded the artillery in the engagements near Budd's ferry in November and December of that year, and in the Peninsular campaign of 1862 commanded four batteries at Yorktown, Gaines' mill and Malvern hill. He engaged also at South mountain and Antietam, was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, Sept. 25, 1862, and took part in the Rappahannock campaign of 1862-63, being engaged at Fredericksburg and in the defense of Suffolk, from April 11 to May 3, receiving the rank of lieutenant-colonel U. S. A. April 19, 1863, for his services. He was brevetted colonel May 5, 1864, for gallantry at the battle of the Wilderness, where he was severely wounded, served in the defense of Washington in July, 1864, was brevetted brigadier-general for services in the battle of Petersburg, and on the same day, March 13, 1865, was given the brevet rank of major-general U. S. A., for services in the field during the war. He was also given the brevet rank of major-general of volunteers, Aug. 1, 1864, for services at the battles of Fisher's hill and Winchester. After the war he became colonel of the 37th infantry, July 23, 1866, and commanded various districts and posts until Oct. 2, 1883, when he was retired from active service. Gen. Getty died Oct. 1, 1901.

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

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