Here is the obit of GEORGE A WALRATH, a Civil War soldier who lived in Webster City and Blairburg Iowa. he was amember of Company G 14th Iowa Infantry and fought at the battles of Donelson and Shiloh, where he was wounded:
OBIT: July 19 1932
- WALRATH DIES IN BLAIRSBURG -
- GEO. A. WALRATH, PROMINENT IN G.A.R. CIRCLES,
DIES AT HIS HOME SUNDAY -
- Used To Live Here -
- Was Member of Winfield Scott Post of Webster City -
Geo. A. Walrath, prominent and widely known resident of Blairsburg and a former resident of Webster City, died at his home Sunday of stomach trouble.
The funeral was held from the home yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Winfield Scott Post G.A.R., of this city, attended in a body.
Mr. Walrath was born Dec. 5, 1841, and was therefore in his 81st year. His wife and two sons survive. For many years the Walrath family lived in Webster City. They moved to Blairsburg some twenty or more years ago, where Mr. Walrath was engaged in the real estate business. He also had been a justice of the peace there for a good many years. He was one of the substantial and active citizens in that community and will be sadly missed by many friends over then orthern part of Hamilton county.
George Arthur Walrath was born in Jefferson county, New York, Dec. 5, 1941, and died at his home in Blairsburg, Iowa, July 16, 1922, aged 80 years, eight months and eleven days. In the late forties he moved to Kendall county, New York (Illinois), where he grew to manhood. At President Lincoln's first call for troops he enlisted in Co. F Eleventh Illinois Volunteers. At the end of ninety days he was mustered out and came to Iowa, where he helped to raise Co. G 14 Iowa Vol. Inf. of which he was sergeant. He served under Gen. Grant and took part in the capture of Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, the battle of Shilo and the siege of Corinth. In the battle of Shilo he was wounded by the explosion of a shell, which later caused his discharge for disability of Corinth, Miss.
At the close of the war he was united in marriage to Elizabeth A. McCoy, who survives him. To this union were born four children: Burton A. Walrath, of Sioux City; Ruth Albertson, of Blackfoot, Idaho; Harold A., deceased, and George R. Walrath of Blairsburg. Deceased moved to Hamilton county in 1874 where for twenty years he followed farming, after which he moved to Blairsburg, where he has since resided. Funeral services were held at the Blairsburg Congregational church today at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. W. D. Spiker, of New Hampton. The Winfield Scott Post of Webster City had charge of the services.
The body was laid to rest in the Blairsburg cemetery. Mr. Walrath had a firiends who join in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereft relatives.
Here is his entry in the Company G 14th Iowa Infantry roster:
Walrath, George Arthur. Age 20. Residence Tama County, nativity New York. Enlisted August 9, 1861, as Fourth Sergeant. Mustered November 2, 1861. Promoted First Sergeant November 2, 1861. Discharged for disability August 2, 1862, Danville Mississippi.
He is buried in Blairsburg Cemetery, Blairsburg Iowa.
The Traer Iowa museum has published a book containing a diary and letters from his companions in the 14th Iowa Company G. Walrath is mentioned a few times and the book tells of their daily lives in great detail. It can be seen and ordered from their website www.traermuseum.com
Descendants of George Walrath, people interested in Harrison County Civil War soldiers, or anyone interested in the daily lives of Iowa Civil War soldiers or in the battles of Shiloh and Donelson would very much enjoy this book of all first person accounts told by the soldiers themselves in their letters from the frontlines.
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