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Corp George Washington Herr

Birthplace: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: September 16, 1930 (86)
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Abraham Eshleman Herr and Ann Catharine Herr
Husband of Sarah Isabelle Sawyer
Father of Anna Belle Herr; Daughter Herr; Adele Herr; Lottie Herr; Irene D Herr and 1 other
Brother of Charles S Herr
Half brother of Abraham Doner Herr; Henry Herr; Elizabeth Mifflin Narcot and Joseph Herr

Managed by: Jim Wile
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About Corp George Washington Herr

1850 Census - At home in Buckheart, Fulton, Illinois 1880 Census - A farmer in Lincoln, Placer, California 1900 Census - Living at 15th Street in Sacramento, California 1910 Census - Living at 15th Street in Sacramento, California - On his own income 1920 Census - Listed as Widow living on S Street, Sacramento, California 1930 Census - Remarried to Elizabeth from Illinois, living on O Street Sacramento, California - listed as Civil War Vet.


From Military Records:

George Herr

Residence: Tennessee Enlistment Date: 10 Jul 1861 Side Served: Union Enlisted Rank: Private State Served: Illinois Service Record: Promoted to Full Corporal 5 Aug 1861 - Enlisted in Company C, 59th Infantry Regiment Illinois 8 Dec 1865 - Mustered out Company C, 59th Infantry Regiment Illinois at New Braunfels, Texas Death Date: 16 Sep 1930 - Sacramento, California


The 59th Infantry History - Timeline

14 Feb 1862 - Marched in pursuit of the enemy to Cassville 19 Feb 1862 - Camped at Sugar Creek 20 Feb 1862 - Camped at Osage Springs 22 Feb 1862 - Moved to Cross Hollows 6 Mar 1862 - Moved to Pea Ridge 7 Mar 1862 - Fought the enemy all day at Pea Ridge and the following day moved to reinforce Gens. Carr and 12843 Asboth, who had been forced to fall back. Captain Hale commanded the Regiment during the fight. General Carr sustained three wounds but refused to leave battle until victory was secured. 19 Mar 1862 - Moved to Sugar Creek 6 Apr 1862 - Marched to Cassville, Mo and to Forsythe 15 Apr 1862 - Marched to Bull Creek 20 Apr 1862 - Marched Eastward to West Plains 20 May 1862 - Arrived at cape Girardeau, Mo and embarked for Hamburg Landing, Tenn. 28 May 1862 - Placed in reserve on left of Gen. Pope's Army. After evacuation of Corinth pursued the retreating enemy as far as Bonneville and returned to Clear Creek near Corinth. 27 Jun 1862 - Marched toward Holly Spring. Marched in Ripley, Miss and afterward returned to Jacinto. 5 Aug 1862 - Moved to Bay Springs, Miss., and had a skirmish with the enemy's cavalry. 18 Aug 1862 - Crossed the Ennessee at East Point and camped at Waterloo. 24 Aug 1862 - Marched via Lawrenceburg, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia to Franklin, Tenn. Thence to Murfressboro, arriving 1 Sep 1862. 3 Sep 1862 - Commenced the Northward march with Gen. Buell's Army arriving at Louisville, KY Sep 26. 1 Oct 1862 - Was assigned to the Ninth Division. Moved via Bardstown in prusuit of Gen. Bragg. 7 Oct 1862 - Met the enemy at Chaplin Hills near Perryville. 8 Oct 1862 - Was heavily engaged, losing 113 killed and wounded out of 361 men going into action. 10 Oct 1862 - Pursued the enemy. 14 Oct 1862 - Had a severe skirmish at Lancaster, Ky. 15 Oct 1862 - Arrived at Crab orchard 7 Nov 1862 - Arrived at Nashville and camped at Edgefield near which the Regiment remained during the year. 25 Dec 1862 - The 59th pressed down the road from Brentwood towards Nolensville. 26 Dec 1862 - The Army was put into motion for the Stone River Campaign. The 59th was deployed as skirmishers, and drove the enemy before them nine miles, until he was found in force at Nolensville. It took part in the attack upon Nolensville, from which the enemy was driven in confusion and also was in the assault upon Knob gap. 27 Dec 1862 - The enemy was driven to Triune, where the Regiment lay until the 29th, when it marched toward Murfreesboro. 30 Dec 1862 - The enemy was found in force and entrenched at Stone River. An unsuccessful attempt was made to drive them from this position, and the Regiment lay, during the night of the 30th, within a few hundred yards of the enemy's works. 31 Dec 1862 - Early in the morning the enemy turned the right flank of the 20th Corps. The 59th changed front to the rear, supporting the 5th Wisconsin Battery, for a long time held the enemy in check. When it was withdrawn it brought off the guns of the battery, from which the horses had all been killed. It was then put in position on the Murfreesboro pike, which it held until Jan. 2. 2 Jan 1863 - Forded Stone River, swollen by recent rains to the extreme left of the enemy, to drive back the enemy. Held their position in the extreme front until the morning of Jan 4th. 4 Jan 1863 - Re-crossed Stone River and the enemy evacuated to Murfreesboro. 23 Jun 1863 - The Tullahoma Campaign commenced and engaged the enemy from the 24th to the 27th, thence pressed the enemy to Winchester. 17 Aug 1863 - Left Winchester and during the night of the 17th and the day of the 18th was engaged in hauling a train of 200 wagons up the Cumberland mountains. 20 Aug 1863 - Reached Crow Creek near Stephenson. 30 Aug 1863 - Left Stephenson, crossed the Tennessee River and ascended the Sand Mountain. 2 Sep 1863 - Marched to Lookout Valley and on the 4th reached Winstons. 18 Sep 1863 - Marched 26 miles to Steven's Gap thence to Crawfish Springs. 22 Sep 1862 - Arrived at Chattanooga, TN. Distance from Stevenson 122 miles. During the siege of Chattanooga the 59th was constantly under fire of the enemy's batteries. 21 Oct 1863 - The 59th became part of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Army Corps. and on the 25th was ordered to Whitesides, TN a distance of 65 miles. 23 Nov 1863 - The regiment started on the Lookout Mountain Campaign. 25 Nov 1863 - The 59th led the Brigade in the assault on Mission Ridge, from which the enemy was friven in confusion. Pursued him 15 miles to Ringgold, where it again attacked him and drove him from his position. 30 Nov 1863 - The 59th was sent to the Battlefield of Chickamauga where on the 1st day of December it was given the grizzly task of burying the dead left upon the field from the battle that took place back in Sep 19th and 20th. 22 Dec 1863 - Regiment returned to Whitesides. 12 Jan 1864 - The 59th was mustered as a veteran organization. 27 Jan 1864 - Marched to Chattanooga 6 Feb 1864 - Started on furlough for Springfield, Ill., which place it reached on the 1Oth. 19 Mar 1864 - The 59th, re-organized, left Springfield via Nashville and Chattanooga and arrived at Cleveland, TN 197 miles from Nashville. 3 May 1864 - Atlanta Campaign commenced. 7 May 1864 - Returning to the front, the 59th supported the attack upon Tunnel Hill, and the following day commenced the attack upon Rocky-Faced ridge, where it was constantly engaged until the 13th, when the enemy abandoned his position. 14 May 1864 - Was warmly engaged with enemy at Resaca 16 May 1864 - Came up with the enemy at Adairsville, and thence to the time of crossing the Chattahoochee, was engaged at Kingston, Dallas, Ackworth, Pine Top Mountain, Kenesaw Mountain, Smyrna Camp Meeting Ground, besides innumerable skirmishes. 12 Jul 1864 - Crossed the Chattahoochee and presented itself before the fortifications around Atlanta, and from that time until Aug. 15 it assailed the works of the enemy, and was under fire night and day. 18 Aug 1864 - The 59th was assigned to the 2nd Birgade, 3rd Division, 4th Army Corps and was commanded by Col. P. Sidney Post 25 Aug 1864 - Marched around Atlanta, with the army in the direction of Jonesboro. 28 Aug 1864 - Engaged in skirmishing with the enemy at Red Oak until the 29th. 31 Aug 1864 - Reached the enemy's line of communications and destroyed the railroad at Rough-and-Ready. 2 Sep 1864 - Engaged in the battle of Lovejoy's Station. 6 Sep 1864 - Started for Atlanta and encamped on the 8th between Atlanta and Decatur where it remained until 2nd of October, when Gen. Hood's Army having passed around Atlanta, commenced destroying the railroad between Atlanta and Chattanooga. 3 Oct 1864 - Crossed the Chattahoochee and came in the presence of the enemy at Pine Top. The pursuit continued through Kingston, Rome Resaca and across the mountains to Snake Creek Gap, and to Galesville which place it reached on the 10th. 1 Nov 1864 - Marched to Pulaski and commenced erecting fortifications. 23 Nov 1864 - Pulaski was evacuated and on the 24th commenced skirmishing the enemy at Columbia 27 Nov 1864 - Crossed Duck River and on the 29th Col. Post's Brigade moved up Duck River and attacked the Confederate Army in the flank as it was marching toward Spring Hill. The fight continued on all day, at night the 59th marched 20 miles and reached the Spring Hill on the morning of the 30th. Resting at Spring Hill but an hour, the Regiment marched to Franklin and during the afternoon the battle of Franklin was fought. 1 Dec 1864 - In the morning arrived at Nashville and commenced fortifying the place. 15 Dec 1864 - The Battle of Nashville began. Col. Post's Brigade (which the 59th belonged) assaulted Montgomery Hill, and in the language of General Thomas, "took the initiative in the brilliant deeds of that day." The 59th was in the first line of the assaulting column, and had the honor of planting the first colors on the captured works. In the afternoon it assaulted and carried the enemy's works, near Hillsboro pike. 16 Dec 1864 - Col. Post's Brigade made the memorable assault upon Overton's Hill. In this battle, the 59th lost, in killed and wounded, one third of its numbers engaged, among whom were nine officers, including Col. Post who was severely wounded with a grape shot. 17 Dec 1864 - 59th started in pursuit of the flying foe, which was continued to the Tennessee River and on the 3rd of Jan it camped at Huntsville, Alabama. For gallant and distinguished services at the battles at Nashville, Col. Post had been appointed Brigadier General of the United States Volunteers. 31 Jan 1865 - Regiment moved to Nashville, returning to Huntsville Feb 7th. 15 Mar 1865 - Moved to Strawberry Plaines, East Tennessee, thence to Greensville, TN. 6 Apr 1865 - 59th went to Warm Springs, N.C. returning to Greensville on the 10th. 23 Apr 1865 - Left for Nashville 16 Jun 1865 - The regiment left Nashville for New Orleans, La. 9 Jul 1865 - Arrived at Indianola, TX thence marched to San Antonio, TX and was stationed at New Braunfels, TX. 8 Dec 1865 - , 59th was mustered out and ordered to Springfield, Ill. for final payment and discharge.


After Battle Accounts:

Stone's River after battle report:

Report of [
Capt. Hendrick E. Paine], Fifty-ninth Illinois Infantry.

HDQRS. FIFTY-NINTH REGT. ILLINOIS VOLUNTEERS, In Camp near Murfreesborough, Tenn., January 10, 1863.

SIR: In compliance with an order from brigade headquarters, I respectfully submit the following report:

The regiment which I have the honor to command broke up camp, 7 miles south of Nashville, on the morning of the 26th of December, the men carrying three days' rations in their haversacks, all of our transportation and camp equipage been ordered within the fortifications at Nashville.

As we approached Nolensville, my whole regiment was deployed as skirmishers, where we did efficient service in feeling for the enemy, and driving in his pickets, who took refuge in the houses on the outskirts of the town until they were finally driven out and repulsed. The regiment was then assembled, and formed the left of the line of battle of the First Brigade, as it moved upon the enemy's batteries and cavalry, south of the town, drawing him from his position with a loss of one or more of his guns. We lay on our arms that night and next day; moved forward and went into camp near Triune, where we remained all the day following. On the morning of the 29th took up our line of march toward Murfreesborough. The continued heavy firing in front gave evidence of the near proximity of the enemy. Bivouacked for the night, and next morning (30th), at an early hour, were on the march, moving by the front in line of battle. By noon it became evident that the enemy were in force in our front. At that time I was ordered, with my regiment, to support Capt. Pinney's Fifth Wisconsin Battery. During the p.m. Capt. Pinney opened on the enemy's battery, when my men were exposed to the shot and shell of the enemy's fire. After Capt. Pinney had silenced or driven his battery from the field, we moved forward and bivouacked until morning. That night was very cold, and the men suffered very much from its effects. At daylight, on the morning of the 31st, we were in line of battle, in full view of the enemy, who appeared to be moving in strong force to our right. I was then ordered, together with Capt. Pinney's battery, to hold ourselves as a reserve, and were moved a short distance to the rear; at the same time the line of battle was formed in our front, and the firing became heavy both on our right and left.

It soon became evident that the enemy was closely pressing our right, and our lines were rapidly extended in that direction. At the same time my regiment and Capt. Pinney's battery were ordered to the front to engage the enemy across an open field. I immediately faced my command in the direction indicated, and moved forward good order. At the same time the long lines of the enemy appeared on the opposite side of the field, moving directly to our front. When we approached within short musket range, I gave the order to fire, and lie down and load, which order was promptly responded to; at the same instant the enemy's balls came whistling over us in awful proximity to our heads. I do not know how long we remained in that position, but my men poured a deadly and destructive fire upon the enemy, who had laid down the avoid its terrible effects, until regiment after regiment on our right gave way, when I, reluctantly, received the order to fall back. At the same instant Capt. Pinney was severely wounded, and the horses from two of his guns were either disabled or killed, when my men gallantly took hold and assisted to haul the guns from the field by hand, exposed all the while to a deadly fire of the enemy's musketry and grape and canister shot. We continued to move to the rear in reasonably good order, forming twice and firing upon the pursuing enemy, until we were beyond the range of his fire, when we formed and awaited the orders of our brigade commander. When the brigade was formed, we took our position in line of battle in the front, where we remained during the remainder of the day and the succeeding night.

I cannot speak too highly in praise of the bravery displayed by the officers and men under my command. All nobly did their duty. To Capts. B. M. Veatch and James M. Stookey, acting field officers, I especially return my thanks for the efficient aid the they rendered me, and the promptness with which they executed my orders during the series of battles and skirmishes in which we have been engaged during this campaign. My regiment took part in all the subsequent movements made by our brigade up to the present time.

I can't but admire the patience and fortitude exhibited by the officers and men of my command during the present campaign, part of the time on short rations, and all the time exposed to the inclemencies of the weather, without tents or blankets, being compelled to bivouac in the presence of the enemy without fire, yet I heard no complaints uttered. All were willing and anxious to do their duty.

Respectfully submitted.

H. E. PAINE], Capt., Comdg. Fifty-ninth Illinois Infantry Regt.


Source: Official Records CHAP. XXXII.] THE STONE'S RIVER CAMPAIGN. PAGE 273-29 [Series I. Vol. 20. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 29.]

Chickamagua after battle report:

Report of Lieut. Col. Joshua C. Winters., Fifty-ninth Illinois Infantry.

HDQRS. FIFTY-NINTH REGT. ILLINOIS INFANTRY, Chattanooga, Tenn., September 27, 1863. SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the Fifty-ninth Regt. Illinois Infantry in the operations since crossing the Tennessee River:

The regiment left their camp on south side of Tennessee River on Monday, August 31, at 1 p. m., and ascended the Raccon Mountain; halted at summit and assisted the brigade battery and train to ascend. Then moved forward 4 miles and went into camp. Remained in camp September 1, at which time, by General Orders from corps headquarters, the transportation of the regiment was cut down to 3 wagons.

September 2 crossed Raccoon Mountain and descended into Lookout Valley and went into camp. Remained in camp until 2 p. m. of September 4, when marched 4 miles to Wiston's and went into camp. Remained in camp at Wiston's until the evening of September 9; then marched to the top of Lookout Mountain, and picketed roads leading to valley until Sunday, September 13, when moved back to Wiston's.

Remained in camp at Winston's until 11 p. m. of the 15th of September, when marched again to top of mountain and went into camp at Falls of Little River. Remained in camp until 3 p. m. of September 17, when moved back to old camp on top of mountain.

September 18 marched from camp on top of mountain with balance of brigade; continued march all day and until 11 o'clock at night, when reached Steven's Gap.

September 19 remained with balance of brigade at Steven's Gap, guarding roads and train.

September 20 marched with balance of brigade, at 6 a. m., from Stevens' Gap in a northeasterly direction toward battle-field; when within 3 miles of the division hospital established at [the] big springs [Crawfish Spring] were fired upon by the enemy. I immediately deployed Companies H and K as skirmishers, who pressed back the enemy until the brigade and the train had passed. At the hospitals at [the] big springs joined Gen. Mitchell's corps of cavalry, which had been cut off by the enemy from the right of our main army. Formed line of battle to support the cavalry in the attempt to reopen communication, which was, however, abandoned, and at or about 4 p. m. marched from the hospitals, with the balance of brigade and Gen. Mitchell's cavalry, on road to Chattanooga.

September 21 arrived at McCulloch's farm, in Chattanooga Valley, at about 2 a. m., and bivouacked at or about 9 a.m., the brigade and cavalry having been formed in line of battle across the Chattanooga Valley to hold the road leading to Chattanooga. The Fifty-ninth Illinois was placed in reserve formed in close column by division.

September 22, at 2 a. m., marched with balance of brigade 4 miles in the direction of Chattanooga, then halted until about 9 a. m., when again moved forward toward Chattanooga. After marching about 3 miles were attacked by the enemy with infantry, cavalry, and artillery, who were in position on the east side of the road.

The Fifty-ninth moved forward and formed in line of battle on hill-side west of the road fronting the enemy, and supported a section of the Fifth Wisconsin Battery which took position on hill above and commenced firing upon the enemy's battery.

The Fifty-ninth was subsequently moved back on line with balance of brigade on second range of hill, and remained until the enemy's batteries were silenced, when again moved on to the road, formed line of battle, and moved about 300 yards in the direction of the enemy, and remained in position until the battery and Gen. Mitchell's cavalry crossed the bridge over Chattanooga Creek; then the regiment moved back upon the road and crossed the bridge and came within the lines of our main army. The regiment was placed in position on the outposts facing the Chattanooga Creek to the south and east, and was engaged in building breastworks until noon of September 23, when the regiment was moved to the left facing the east. Engaged in building breastworks on the east front balance of the 23d and all of the 24th.

September 25 the regiment moved back to the second line of fortifications, and have been engaged in building earth-works and other fortifications up to this date.

On the 20th instant, while on march from Steven's Gap, Private Andrew Abner, of Company G, was fired upon and wounded by the enemy, and Private Thomas Slattery, of Company K, taken prisoner; both of them were straggling from the column at the time.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. C. WINTERS, Lieut. Col., Comdg. Fifty-ninth Illinois Infantry,

Capt. SAMUEL WEST, Acting Assistant Adjutant-Gen., First Brigade.

Source: Official Records CHAP. XLII.] THE CHICKAMAUGA CAMPAIGN. PAGE 510-50 [Series I. Vol. 30. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 50.]

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Corp George Washington Herr's Timeline

May 28, 1844
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
September 1877
Placer County, California, United States
August 1879
California, United States
July 31, 1880
California, United States
April 22, 1883
California, United States
August 22, 1884
Pennsylvania, United States
September 16, 1930
Age 86
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, United States
September 16, 1930
Age 86
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, United States