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Title: Death of General George D. Wagner
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GENERAL GEORGE D. WAGNER, a resident of this place, died at the Bates House in Indianapolis, on last Saturday night. So conspicuous has been the past which Gen. WAGNER has played in the recent history of our state, and so noble the services he performed in the war for the preservation of this Union, that his life and his services stand out in bold relief as something that demand more than a mere passing notice.

GEORGE D. WAGNER was a native of Ohio. He was born near Chillicothe, on the 23rd of August, 1828. In the year 1831, his father migrated to Indiana, and settled in Warren county, near Lafayette; where he resided until the day of his death.

During his minority, GEORGE was decidedly a farmer, but having arrived at majority he became a dealer and speculator in stock, in which enterprise he accumulated some considerable wealth. He was professionally a lawyer, and since the close of the war has been engaged in the practice of his profession in Williamsport, Ind. For some years he was a member of the State Board of Agriculture, and was at one time President of that society. In 1856 he was elected a member of the Indiana Legislature which position he honorably filled for two years, when he was elected State Senator for the term of four years. He resigned his seat in the Senate at the outbreak of the war, and received a Colonel's commission, in the 15th Regiment of Indiana volunteers.

On the first day of July, 1861, Col. WAGNER and regiment left for the front in pursuance of orders to report to Gen. McCLELLAN. He arrived at Rich Mountain in the very midst of that terrific engagement, and at once joined in the fight. Not long after he was assigned the command at Elkwater, at which point he remained until the close of the campaign in West Virginia.

After spending a time in the army of the Ohio, he was given the command of the 21st regiment, which he fought in the engagement of Shiloh.-- Also in the capture of Chattanooga, General WAGNER participated with no little bravery, as well as discrimination and sound judgement. Immediately after the battle of Shiloh he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General.

General WAGNER rendered very valuable services at the battle of Chickamauga and Mission Ridge. Undaunted and intrepid, he always led his men with a coolness which inspired them with more than ordinary confidence in him as a leader. He was always at their head, cheering them to victory.

But the soldier and the General, are laid low. In the prime of his life he was called away by a wise Providence, no doubt for good ends. Let a grateful posterity drop a tear of patriotism over his silent resting place, and whisper words of gratitude for his services.


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Date: 2/18/1869
Origin: Warren Republican
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Record ID: 00002057
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Clippings scrapbooks
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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