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About Lt. Colonel George Nauman (USA)
Lieutenant-Colonel GEORGE NAUMAN, U.S.A., was the son of George Nauman, Esq., of Lancaster, Pa., and was born October 7, 1802. He lost his father in 1815. His mother's maiden name was Hall. In 1819, he entered the U.S. Military Academy, at West Point, as a Cadet; in 1821, he was acting Assistant Professor of French in that institution; in 1823, he graduated and was commissioned Brevet Second Lieutenant in the Second Regiment of Artillery, and the same year received his full Second Lieutenancy in the First Regiment of Artillery; was appointed Assistant Commissary of Subsistence in March, 1828; was Assistant Instructor of French at the Military Academy, from September, 1828, to August, 1829; promoted to First Lieutenant, May, 1832, and again Assistant Commissary of Subsistence, August, 1835.
He served continuously in the Florida War, from February, 1836, to May, 1838, and was distinguished particularly in the Battle of Wahoo Swamp; Captain First Artillery, February, 1837; served throughout the War with Mexico, under Generals Taylor and Scott; Brevet Major for "for gallant and meritorious conduct in the battles of Contreras and Churubusco," 20th August, 1847, and was wounded in the battle of Chapultepec, 8th September, 1847. He commanded the First Regiment of Artillery and was Commissioner of Prize at Vera Cruz at the close of the war, and conducted the evacuation of that city by the U.S. Army.
He commanded Fort Washington, on the Potomac, from 1848 to 1852; served on the Pacific Coast, from May, 1854, to January, 1861, having been promoted Major of the Third Artillery Regiment, December 24, 1853, which Regiment he commanded from May, 1854, to March, 1857, and again for about seven months in 1860; was Inspector of Artillery for the Department of Oregon and California, from May 9, 1858, to January 11, 1861, and conducted the Artillery School at Fort Vancouver for some months in 1860.
He was promoted to the Lieutenant-Colonelcy of the First Artillery, July 23, 1861; was Chief of Artillery at Newport News, Virginia, in March, 1862, during the engagement with the Merrimac, Yorktown, Jamestown, and other rebel steamers, on which occasion he was favorably mentioned by General Mansfield, in his report of the affair; for the last year stationed at Fort Warren, in the harbor of Boston, engaged in preparing that work for a state of proper defense. Lieutenant-Colonel Nauman was on the eve of promotion to a full Colonelcy of Artillery, and his commission would have borne date August 1, 1863. He was on his way to Lancaster to visit his children from whom he had been some time separated, had reached Philadelphia, and while at the Depot of the Pennsylvania Railroad, 11th and Market streets, about to take the cars, he was suddenly attacked with illness, and, notwithstanding that immediate attention was given to him by most excellent physicians (Drs. Swift and Keating, U.S.A.), he expired in a short time - death, effect of heat or "sun-stroke" - August 11, 1863, in the 61st year of his age.
His remains were brought to this city and interred on the 13th inst., by the side of his wife, whom he had survived about two years. Only four of Leiutenant-Colonel Nauman's classmates yet remain in the U.S. Army. They are Brigadier-General Lorenzo Thomas, Adjutant-General; Colonel George Crossman, Deputy- Quartermaster-General; Colonel Edmund A. Alexander, 10th Infantry, and Colonel Hannibal Day, 6th Infantry. Lieutenant-Colonel Nauman possessed, in an eminent degree, those qualities which ever characterize the truly brave and efficient officer - modesty and courage. For forty years he had been an officer in the Army of the United States, and had been stationed in every section of the Union, from Maine to Louisiana - from Texas to California and Oregon - and in every station had reflected credit on himself and his country. He was on his return from the Pacific Coast, and had but reached his family, who were then residing at St. Augustine, Florida, when the Rebellion broke out; and, although offered high rank and command by the rebels, and every inducement held out to make him a participant in their unholy cause, the spurned their base offers - never forgetting for one moment his devotion to that Constitution which, while yet a boy, upon entering the Military Academy, he had sworn to support, and that Flag under which he had so often fought. Totally disregarding his personal interests connected with property in the South, he immediately hastened to the North and applied for service. His wife and children, after some delay, reached his native place, Lancaster, and rejoined him. Soon he was called to mourn the loss of her who had been for so many years the partner of his domestic happiness, and who, far away from her immediate connections, he laid in the tomb. Six children, who survive him, were left to his widow's care.