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George Martin (Abt. 1816-1863)

George Martin was living in River Falls, Pierce County, Wisconsin, when he enlisted on August 13, 1862.  He was a sergeant in Company A of the 30th Wisconsin Infantry.  He was born in England about 1816, and died at Camp Randall in Madison on January 15, 1863.  The 1860 U.S. census for River Falls confirms that his occupation was a sailor.

The following obituary appeared in the January 28, 1863, issue of The Prescott Journal.

O B I T U A R Y.

Died, in Camp Randall, on the 15th inst, of Pneumonia, Sergeant GEORGE MARTIN, of Co. A, 30th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers aged 42 years.

Sergeant Martin was a native of Chatham, England, but though of foreign birth, he so loved our republican institutions that he freely offered up his life, a sacrifice upon the altar of his adopted country.

His fellow soldiers deeply lament the loss of a noble and generous comrade.

Camp Randall Jan 18, 1863.

[Mr. MARTIN is well known in the town of River Falls.  A sailor by profession, he had all the kindness of heart, the manly and generous traits of character which make the sailor a favorite.  Having peculiar views of many things, he was still a thoughtful, earnest man with a strong sense of justice and right.  One of the very best attendants in sickness, his loss will be deeply felt.—ED. JOUR.]

The following is from the River Falls Citizens’ Reporter of January 24, 1863:

Death of Geo. Martin.

Our citizens have received the sad intelligence of the death at Madison, on the 15th inst., of GEORGE MARTIN—an old and much respected resident of River Falls.  Mr. M. volunteered in the service of his country when a resident of River Falls.

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