Friday, February 17, 2012
George Gordon Meade.
Named commander of the Army of the Potomac's V Corps a few days after the battle, and was promote to Major General. Led his Corps at the Battle of Chancellorsville, where he successfully executed the secret and strategic crossing of the Rappahannock River, only to have his efforts squandered by General Joseph Hooker's timidity. Replaced Hooker as commander of the Army of the Potomac on June 28, 1863. Just a few days later, the Army of the Potomac was involved in the monumental Battle of Gettysburg. General Meade arrived on the scene the night of July 1st, and made the critical decision to stay and continue the fight. The Confederate forces were subsequently defeated after two more days.
General Meade nominally retained command of the Army, although strategic decisions were made by Grant. He led the Army in all of the battles from the Wilderness right up until Appomattox. He received the Thanks of Congress for his Gettysburg efforts, and ended the war as Major General in the Regular Army. He died while in active duty command of the Military Division of the Atlantic. His son, George Jr., served as his aide during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Richard Worsam Meade (1778 - 1828)
Margaret Coats Butler Meade (1782 - 1852)
Margaretta Sergeant Meade (1814 - 1886)
John Sergeant Meade (1841 - 1865)
George Gordon Meade (1843 - 1897)
Margaret Butler Meade (1845 - 1905)
Spencer Meade (1850 - 1911)*
Sarah Wise Meade Large (1851 - 1913)
Henrietta Meade (1853 - 1944)
William Meade (1855 - 1891)
Cause of death: Pneumonia.
Burial: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.