Thursday, March 14, 2013

George Elstner, born March 14, 1842
George Elstner was born in Cincinnati, Ohio where he lived until the Civil War began.  He was 19 years old at the beginning of the war.
Union soldiers outside Atlanta, Georgia
He commanded the 50th Ohio Volunteer Infantry as Lieutenant Colonel during Major General William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. The regiment was attached to the XXIII Corps of the Army of the Ohio. 
Battle of Utoy Creek
He was killed while leading his regiment at the Battle of Utoy Creek on August 8, 1864 near Atlanta, Georgia when he was 22 years old. He received a brevet promotion to Brigadier General of U. S. Volunteers on the same day that he was killed.

Elstner Grave in Spring Grove Cemetery 

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