About George William Imboden
Colonel George W. Imboden was born June 25, 1836 at Christian Creek, Augusta County, Virginia the son of George (1793-1874) and Isabella Wonderlick (1803-1884) Imboden. He attended Staunton Academy, Virginia, and was admitted to the Bar in 1858.
When war began in 1861, George and his four brothers enlisted in the Confederate Service. On April 17, 1861 George enlisted in the Staunton Artillery later renamed Imboden's Battery (for his brother Brigadier General John Imboden). George later become the Colonel of the 18th Virginia Calvary.
During the war George was wounded twice, his second wound was so serious it was said that he wore a beard to cover the scar on his face.
George's political career began in West Virginia in 1872 when he was a member of the State Executive Committee (Democrat). Later he was a delegate to the Party National Convention in Baltimore.
In 1878, he was elected to the House of Delegates from Fayette County. He served as President of the Fayette County Court in Jan 1881 to Jan 1885. He was elected first Mayor of Ansted, and later served as the town Recorder until 1907. He laid out the streets of Ansted and named them.
A man of deep religious convictions, Col. Imboden attended and served as Elder of The Ansted Methodist Church. He also served as the Church's Superintendent until 1898.
The Colonel was a great worker, an avid reader, a traveler and thinker. He was a Philanthropist. He gave the land where the Ansted City Hall was built and where the Methodist Church stands. He and his wife contributed many dollars to build Ansted Methodist Church.
While living at Contentment, Col. Imboden practiced law and did what he could to make Ansted a better place. Although small in stature compared to others, he accomplished much for the Town and those who needed his help.
Col. Geo.W. Imboden, of the 18th Virginia cavalry, died Sunday Jan 8, 1922, at Austead, Fayette county, W. Va., in the 87th year of his age. Before the war of '61-5 he was practicing law in Staunton, Va., and a member of the Staunton artillery, commanded by his brother, John D. Imboden, afterwards promoted to brigadier-general.
On December 13, 1862, Col Imboden was commissioned, and assigned to the 18th Virginia cavalry of General John D. Imboden's brigade. Imboden's artillery distinguished itself in the battle fought at Manassas, in '61, and was referred to nine separate times by General Beauregard in his report. In one of these he says: "It is worthy of notice, that this encounter of one six-pounder guns, handled by volunteers artillerists, worsted such a notorious adversary, as the Sherman battery, which quit the contest, under the illusion that it had weightier metal than its own, to contend with." Sherman's battery was the boasted command of the U. S.
After the war, Col. Imboden located in Austead, was interested in the coal mines of that section and filled many positions of importance in Austead. He is survived by his wife.
Some of the "old boys" are living in Staunton, and will regret this loss.
The death of Col. Imboden leaves only two brothers, Capt Frank M. Imboden, of Bristol, Va., and Sergt. James Imboden, of Arlington, Fairfax county.
Staunton is proud of the battery and justly so.
Staunton News-Leader Fri Feb 17, 1922