George Sealy to his father Richard Sealy on July 5, 1863 from Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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George Sealy to his father Richard Sealy on July 5, 1863 from Vicksburg, Mississippi.


George A. Sealy was born in the town Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England, May 11, 1841 to Richard Sealy (born c. 1804 in South Welton, England) and Maria Louisa Champion Sealy (born c. 1803 in Wells, England). His family (including 2 brothers & 1 sister) moved to Rochester, New York around 1843. They later moved to Geneva, NY and final settled in Rockford, IL in 1855. He and his 2 brothers served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. George (along with brother Robert) served in Company G, 45th Illinois Volunteers. He enlisted September 17, 1861 as a private and was later promoted to sergeant by his brother Robert. He was involved in both the siege and the occupation of Vicksburg, and was mustered out July 12, 1865. He married twice. His first wife was Jennie A. Paxson, who died of consumption at age 33 May 4, 1876. His second wife was Fannie E. Zimmerman (died in 1908), whom he married August 5, 1877 in Winnebago County. After the war, George worked for Emerson, Talcott and Co. in Rockford, acting as their superintendent. Upon leaving Talcott Emerson in 1896 he spent a short while working for Henry Sears Cutlery in Chicago before retiring the next year and moving to San Jose, CA. It was there he passed in November 15, 1909 suddenly, while dancing at a social gathering.


George Sealy


July 5, 1863


Midway Village Museum






City of Vicksburg
July 5th 1863
Dear Father
I am in the Court house at Vicksburg have just came [sic] down off of the top whare [sic] our flag is proudly floteing [sic] before the brease [sic]. on the third we wer [sic] on picket when the Rebels sent out A Flag of truse [sic] to make conditions for A surrender but all the conditions that they could get out of Grant wer [sic] unconditional and they wer [sic] from ten O clock on the third untill [sic] about the same time on the forth [sic] at half past ten
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O clock on the forth [sic] of july eightteen [sic] hundred and sixty three we marched in to the City of Vicksburg tryumphant [sic] it was the best forth for the Souldiers [sic] that any of them saw but it was very hot and Dusty we found the Souldiers [sic] and Citazans [sic] liveing [sic] in Caves in the ground our Regement [sic] is on [Proov] duty hear [sic] and I am on duty now and cannot write any more now but will write you A long letter soon best love to all and with the same to you I remane [sic] your affectinate [sic]

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George Sealy, “George Sealy to his father Richard Sealy on July 5, 1863 from Vicksburg, Mississippi.,” Midway Village Museum - Digital Collections, accessed February 23, 2024,