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Title: General George D. Wagner
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George Day Wagner was born September 22nd, 1829, in Ross County, Ohio. When he was four years of age, his parents moved to Warren County, and settled at Wagner's Grove, (named for them) in Medina Township. On Febuary 4th, 1847, he was united in marriage to Frances E. Alexander. He was chairman of the Finance Committee on Federal relations, and on the Committe of Military affairs during the special session of 1861. He was an enerst supporter of the war from the beginning. He organized the 15th regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry and was appointed Colonel of theis regiment, May 22, 1861, took command June 14, 1861, and entrained for West Virginia at once. His first battle was at Rich Hill, and his second at Green Brier River. His prompt and Gallant action in these two battles enabled the counties of Virginia, refusing to secede from the Union, to form the state of West Virginia. General Wagner's Brigade was 2500 strong and none in command of a brigade at Shiloh were more conspicuous for vourage ans gallantry than he. On November 29th, 1862, he was made a Brigadier-General, for brave, efficient and loual service. General George D. Wagner was called the "Hero of Chattanooga." In September, 1863, the Mayor of Chattanooga surrendered the city to General Wagner, and his troops were the first to enter that city. General George D. Wagner moved to Eilliamsport and took up the study and practice of law. He was appointed Minster to Germany, and was in the Bates House in Indianapolis when he suffered a severe attack of acute indigestion and after an illness of four or five days died at teh Old Bates House in Indianapolis, Febuary 13th, 1869, at the age of 40 years, 5 months, and 21 days. The immediate cause of this feath was an overdose of a perscription left by his physician to alleaviate nervous suffering.

Date: 8/24/1927
Origin: Warren County Centennial
Author: Naomi Bowyer Brown
Record ID: 00003233
Type: Photograph
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 2/21/2013
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Chris Brown

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