The Civil War Diary of Henderson George
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About the Henderson George Diary

Henderson George

Henderson George (1838 - 1920) of North Liberty, Pennsylvania, and Indianapolis, Indiana, served as a Private in Company G of the 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment from September 16, 1862 to May 30, 1865. This regiment was also known as the Roundheads, because so many of its soldiers were descendents of Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads, the Parliamentarian side during the English Civil War.

Before the formation of the Roundheads, Henderson George briefly served in the First Virginia Regiment, a volunteer regiment of Unionists formed in 1861 before West Virginia broke away from Virginia and became a separate Union state. As a member of this regiment, he participated in the battle of Philippi on June 3, 1861, in what is now West Virginia. This was one of the very first field engagements of the Civil War.

Henderson George kept a diary of his wartime experiences. In 1915-16, at the age of 77, he wrote and manually typed a George family history titled "The George Manuscript." His Civil War memoirs and extracts from his diary comprise the central section of this document.

"The George Manuscript" itself is a handsome, green, custom-bound leather and fabric volume with matching slipcase. The total page count is 370, of which 70 pages are devoted to the Civil War diary and memoirs.

When completed, this web site will present all of the Civil War material from "The George Manuscript," including the diary transcriptions and related memoirs.

Henderson George is the brother of Samuel B. George (1839-1879), the great-grandfather of my wife, Sarah E. Stokes of Carlisle, Massachusetts, formerly of Erie, Pennsylvania. Samuel George served as a Sergeant in Company E of the 100th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment.

This web site is designed and maintained by Robert Luoma ( of Carlisle, Massachusetts.

Editorial Policy

With the exception of this introduction, figure captions, and the page of related links, all of the words are those of Henderson George, as are the archaic spellings, consistent misspellings, and idiosyncratic punctuation. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. The text style of each page approximates the typewritten style used by Henderson George for his memoirs and diary.

All of the material is in the same order in which it appears in the "George Manuscript," except for the Samuel B. George, Morrison, and Taylor biographical information. Henderson George ends his war memoirs, very fittingly, with the poem by his boyhood friend, John W. Morrison, a tribute to the veterans who served in the Civil War.