In Memory of George A. Page

George Andrew Page portrait

The first bit of genealogy records that got me started on the Larsson family was a collection hand written by my grandmother Dora.  I believe she was researching her connection to American Revolution veteran Daniel Page in support of her application to the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Daniel Page survived the war, married, and had two sons and at least sixteen grandchildren when he passed away in 1847.

One of his grandchildren was George A. Page.  George is buried in the Blair Cemetery in Plymouth, NH, along with nearly fifty other Pages.  He is unique among them however, because the location of his death is Cairo, Illinois. 

George was the seventh child and third son of Daniel Page (son of the Revolution veteran), born second-to-last in the family.  His marriage to Elizabeth A. Loveland was just days before he joined the 15th Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers on September 9, 1862.  President Lincoln had called for 300,000 volunteers on August 4, so it is probable that George rushed to complete the marriage before he, as described by his Colonel Kingman, "[went] forth to battle for the union of the states", swearing by the old granite hills that their colors would never see disgrace. 

George and the rest of the NH regiment travelled by train and aboard the steamer City of New York to Brooklyn, NY.  The regiment drilled there and celebrated Thanksgiving under canvas tents in a field of frozen mud.  They set off on the Cambria at the beginning of December to sail down the Atlantic coast and around Florida to New Orleans.

The 15th were involved in one engagement, the siege of Port Hudson which gave control of the Mississippi to the Union.  Thirty men were lost in battle, but over eighty, including George, were lost to disease.  As the remainder of the 15th made its way north up the Mississippi for mustering out, many soldiers were left behind in field hospitals.  George succumbed to fever not long after the siege at Mound City Naval Hospital in Ilinois. It appears he was buried at the nearby Mound City Cemetery which eventually became one of the first National Cemeteries, and later reinterred in the family plot in Blair Cemetery.

This memorial day, I will remember my 4th great uncle Private George Andrew Page, his war-widow Elizabeth, and the rest of the servicemen and women who have died on behalf of this great country.