General George Jerrison Stannard - Burlington, Vermont
Posted by: Vermontish
N 44° 29.475 W 073° 14.093
18T E 640344 N 4927952
Quick Description: Civil War General
Location: Vermont, United States
Date Posted: 8/6/2009 5:48:37 PM
Waymark Code: WM6YPG
Stannard was born in Georgia, Vermont. He worked as a farmer, teacher, and foundry operator in St. Albans. Local lore has it that he was the first Vermonter to volunteer for service in the Civil War, in which he served as a Colonel of the 4th Vermont Militia.
Forced to surrender at Harper's Ferry, Stannard was later exchanged and promoted to Brigadier General, commanding the defense of Washington, DC. Directed to join in the pursuit of Robert E. Lee into Pennsylvania, he led the Vermont Brigade in the Battle of Gettysburg. His corps commander, Abner Doubleday, credited Stannard with breaking Pickett's Charge.
Note the empty right sleeve. His division led the attack on Fort Harrison during the Battle of Chaffin's Farm. Stannard was wounded while holding the captured fort against a Confederate counterattack, requiring the amputation of his right arm.
After the war, appointed Doorkeeper of the US House of Representatives as a demonstration of respect.
The town of Stannard in Caledonia County, Vermont, was named after the general.
Is Gravestone Showing Occupation or Hobby?: Occupation
What is depicted occupation or hobby?: Civil War General
Date of birth: 10/20/1820
Date of death: 06/01/1886
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