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George Wellington Hope (1842-1864)

George Wellington Hope, his brother Thomas W. Hope, and his sister, Ruth Ann Hope, were the children of George B. and Eveline Ruth (Crane) Hope.

From History of the Saint Croix Valley (ARC F 587 .S14 E3 1909 v. 1 in the UWRF Archives)

George Wellington Hope was born in Erie, Erie county, Pa., in 1842, a brother of Thomas W. Hope.  He was educated in Erie, Pa. ; at Girard, Pa. ; Trumbull county, Ohio, and at Urbana, Ill.  He came to Wisconsin in 1855 with his parents, his brother, Thomas W., and his sister, Ruth Ann.  Until 1861 he assisted his father and brother in farming and running a lime kiln at Diamond Bluff.  In that year he enlisted at Prescott, Wis., in Company A, Twelfth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and served in the battle of Atlanta, Ga., July 21, 1864, being killed by a bullet which passed through his head.  He was found buried across the second line of the rebel breastworks, which indicated that he was in the front ranks when he fell mortally wounded, giving up his life for the country that he loved so well and for which he had fought so bravely.  This battle was fought after his three years’ service had expired, and had he lived he would have entered the naval service upon the advice of his officers.  His body was taken from the rebel grounds by the union soldiers and interred by his comrades on the battlefield with the rest of the union soldiers who fell at the same time.  There he sleeps, waiting the last roll call of the Great Captain.

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