Monday, August 12, 2013

George W. Sumter, 1115th., Illinois Infantry.

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GEORGE W. SUMTER, First Sergeant ; born in Athens, 111., February 25, 1829. His uncle, Thomas Sumter, fought in the Revolutionary War and was at the siege of Yorktown, and saw the surrender of Cornwallis. His father, Jeptha Sumter, was in the Black Hawk war. He was partly educated in the same school that Abraham Lincoln attended. He learned the brick-making trade in Springfield, Ill., and afterwards worked in Terre Haute, Ind. He later learned the wagon maker's trade and worked for a while in New Orleans, then removed to St. Louis, and then to Leavenworth, Kan., where he enlisted in a regiment of mounted riflemen, and crossed the plains to California in 1849 > there he worked at mining and the carpenter trade until 1854, when he came to Athens, Ill. He enlisted with Company K at its organization, and was with the regiment in the battle of Chickamauga, and its other ngagements. Since the war Sergeant Sumter has had a varied career in business of different sorts, in which he has made considerable success. He has now retired from business, and resides at Hawley, Minn.

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