George Sealy to his Father Richard Sealy written July 19, 1864 from Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia.

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George Sealy to his Father Richard Sealy written July 19, 1864 from Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia.



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 19, 1864


Midway Village Museum






Kennesaw Mountain Ga
july 19th 1864
Dear Father
Yours of the 3d [sic] came to hand yesterday and I can assure you that it gave me A great deal of pleasure to hear from home again and to [know] that you are all well I have not had A letter from home before in three weeks so you can see that I was quite ancious [sic] to hear am glad that you got my County Order and think that the best thing I can do is to keep it as it is as good interest as money will fetch now
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We left our Camp at [Etawoah] on Wednesday morning and after two short days martch [sic] we arrived at this place. we are at the foot of the Maintain [sic] that it toock [sic] Sherman so long to get Johnson from and within two miles Merrietta [sic] I have been thair [sic] once since we came hear [sic] after Rations and shall have to go again tomorrow it is A very nice place about the size of west Rockford. Sherman is still after Johnson and the report is hear [sic] that he can take Atlanta any time that he wants to but is holding off for some reason not known. I see that you have been deceived about the Death of Hoocker [sic] the same as we wer [sic] he was not killed nor eaven [sic] wounded as we have heard hear [sic]. I spoke to you in my last about sending me two shirts I wish that you would ask Mother to make and send them as soon as posable [sic] as I nead [sic] them
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very badly I was so raged [sic] that I had to buy one hear [sic] and had to pay six Dollars for it but it is A very good one and A much better price A good many of the boys have had things sent them and they come all right but want to be done up very tight I am affraid [sic] that it will not be convenient for you to spair [sic] the money to get them for me but the first pay that we get you shall have the money again tell mother to be shure [sic] and make them large enugh [sic] and if you have not got them before this reaches you I would rather have somthing [sic] elce [sic] instead of flannel [Ladys Cloths] or somthing [sic] like it but if you have got them it will not make much diferance [sic] now I must close as we as we are going to have preaching hear [sic] to night and I shall attend with best love to all I remane [sic] as ever

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George Sealy, “George Sealy to his Father Richard Sealy written July 19, 1864 from Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia.,” Midway Village Museum - Digital Collections, accessed February 23, 2024,