Epilogue for George A. Page
This past Memorial Day, I wrote about my 4th Great Uncle who died during the Civil War. Genealogy leaves a lot of gaps in the story that I can only guess at, but often there is is enough to glean some feeling of what an ancestor's life might have been like. In George's case, I see a life of a patriotic and loyal young man who probably had some high points in his life before he met a probably unpleasant end in a field hospital in Illinois.
My niece on my wife's side served in Iraq and I well remember how her and her fiancé's families came together to organize an expedient wedding. It was definitely nothing like what they probably had planned but the stripped-down ceremony perhaps better highlighted the love of the newlyweds and their families. I can imagine it might have been the same way in 1862 when George answered his country's call. There must have been a a lot of hope and a bit of worry, but everyone did their best to keep things as normal as they could and support their loved ones.
The history of the New Hampshire Civil War units mentioned that the soldiers were in general high spirits as they bid their families good-bye. The did a lot of singing and prank-playing on the trains and ships as they made their way south, They may have gotten into a bit of mischief in New York while "aquiring " some elements of their holiday meal that required a bit of an apology in their thank you note to their host community. The mood, of course, gets darker as they get closer to the battle field. There are stories of bravery and daring successes, but with the high casualties of the war there are a heart-breaking amount of stories that end with crippled young men, greiving parents, and young widows like Elizabeth A. Page.
The George and Elizabeth's families must have remained cleaved together in the sad time after George's passing. In 1867 George's younger brother Daniel Davis Page (one of a line of Daniel Pages) married Elizabeth's sister Mary Lavina in 1867. They named their first child, a son, George A. Page in 1868. Elizabeth eventually married a man named Charles W. Palmer and they had seven children together before she passed away at 77 years of age.