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George Riggs Gaither, Jr.

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Death: May 10, 1899 (68)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Riggs Gaither, Sr. and Hannah Smith Gaither
Husband of Rebecca Hanson Gaither
Father of Mary Ridgely Norris; Henrietta Smith; George Riggs Gaither, Jr.; Charles Dorsey Gaither; Adam Bradley Gaither and 4 others
Brother of Hannah Bradley Gaither; Henrietta Riggs Stewart; Abraham Bradley Gaither; Thomas Henry Gaither; Hannah B. Gaither and 1 other

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About George Riggs Gaither

George Riggs Gaither (1831-1899), whose ancestors founded Gaithersburg, Maryland, is the subject of this ambrotype by Richmond-based Charles R. Rees, one of the best Civil War era photographers in the South. As captain of a local militia unit, the Howard County Dragoons, Gaither led a group of landowners, many of whom owned slaves, and assisted with peacekeeping in Baltimore during riots in 1861. When pressed to swear allegiance to the United States, most refused, gathered their weapons, rode to Leesburg, Virginia, and joined the Confederate Army. Gaither was captured at Manassas Junction on August 27, 1862, later exchanged, and sent to Europe the next year on a mission for the Confederate government. Following the war, he became a cotton trader.

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George Riggs Gaither's Timeline

January 21, 1831
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
June 30, 1852
Age 21
Howard County, Maryland, United States
Age 24
Howard County, Maryland, United States
February 28, 1858
Age 27
Howard County, Maryland, United States
November 27, 1860
Age 29
Howard County, Maryland, United States
March 18, 1863
Age 32
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Age 33
Howard County, Maryland, United States
Age 36
Howard County, Maryland, United States
December 15, 1872
Age 41
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Age 43