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George Meade was an army officer best known for commanding the Army of the Potomac during the Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War.

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Civil War (Union) 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Major General 1
Birth:
31 Dec 1815 1
Cádiz, Spain 1
Death:
November 6, 1872 1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1
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Full Name:
George Gordon Meade 1
Birth:
31 Dec 1815 1
Cádiz, Spain 1
Death:
November 6, 1872 1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1
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Birth:
Mother: Margaret Coats Butler 2
Father: Richard Worsam Meade 2
Marriage:
Margaretta Sergeant 2
31 Dec 1840 2
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Civil War (Union) 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Major General 1
Commands held:
V Corps; Army of the Potomac 2

Other Service 1

Branch:
Army 1
Service Start Date:
1842 1
Service End Date:
1872 1
Second Seminole War:
Served 1835–1836 2

Mexican-American War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 1
Battles:
Battle of Monterrey 1
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Education:
Institution: US Military Academy 2
Place: West Point, NY 2
From: 1831 2
To: 1835 2

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“War is very uncertain in its results, and often when affairs look most desperate they suddenly assume a more hopeful state.” ~George Meade, in a letter to wife Margaretta, June 11, 1863

“Look at Meade! Why, with troops like those, led in that way, I can win anything!” ~Joseph Hooker, Battle of South Mountain, September 14, 1862. 

“I expect to be deprived of my command; but my men’s lives are too valuable to be sacrificed for popularity.  I could not do it.” ~attributed to George Meade, quoted by Charles Wainwright, December 10, 1863. 

“I am sorry to lose General Meade from this corps, for I look upon him as one of our very best generals…” ~Charles S. Wainwright, December 25, 1862. 

Biography

George Gordon Meade was a career Army-man serving in the Second Seminole War, the Mexican-American War, and the Civil War.  Meade graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1835 and served in the 3rd US Artillery for a year stationed in Florida before abruptly resigning.  He re-enlisted in 1842 as a 2nd Lieutenant.  During the Mexican-American War, Meade served under Zachary Tyler, William J. Worth, and Robert Patterson.  After his efforts at the Battle of Monterrey he was brevetted to 1st Lieutenant. 

During the Civil War, Meade was promoted to Brigadier General where he participated in the Battle of Glendale, Second Battle of Bull Run, Battle of South Mountain, Battle of Antietam, Battle of Fredericksburg, Battle of Chancellorsville, Battle of Gettysburg where he briefly commanded the Army of the Potomac.  After Ulysses S. Grant was appointed Commanding General of the Union Army, Meade served as his subordinate at the Battle of Wilderness, Battle of Spotsylvania, and the Battle at Cold Harbor.  Meade died of old war wounds, coupled with pneumonia, in 1872 while still on active duty.    

 

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