G.A.R. Post: .: John Buford Post #89 Everett, WA
6th INDEPENDENT COMPANY OHIO VOLUNTEER SHARPSHOOTERS
Mustered In: 12/30/62 Camp Cleveland, Ohio
Mustered Out: 7/19/65
Following federal muster the 6th was one of at least three sharpshooter companies assigned to the headquarters of the Union Gen. Wm. S. Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland. On 9/30/63 this army suffered a stunning defeat at Chicamauga, TN and retreated to Chattanooga where Rosecrans was replaced by Gen. George H. (The Rock of Chickamauga) Thomas.
The Ohio marksmen would remain with Gen. Thomas’ headquarters until the War’s end. As such, the company undoubtedly participated in the 1864 Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s March to The Sea, and the 1865 Carolinas Campaign that brought an end to four years of fighting.
Residence: Info. Not Avail. Age: 26.7 yrs.
Enrolled: 10/4/62 Zaneville, Ohio Rank: Pvt.
Discharged: 1/9/65 Paducah, KY
Highest Rank: 1st Lieut.
George L. Evans was born 3/2/36 in Cardigan, South Wales, Great Britain. No direct information is available on his birth family, formative, teenaged and young adult years. However, the fact that he listed his occupation as “teacher” when he entered the U.S. Army would seem to indicate that he received at least some formal schooling. By 1862 George had immigrated to the United States. When this move occurred, whether he came to America with his birth parents, on his own, or with a wife is not known, but once here he voluntarily entered the U.S. Army.
Within the military the 5’101/2” darkly complexioned sergeant appears to have done well. In late 1863 he was assigned to recruiting duty and, in early 1864 was discharged as a non commissioned officer so he could accept promotion to First Lieutenant in his company. Aside from detached service for recruiting, his only absences appear to have been medical. In later years he applied for and received a government disability pension ($30 per month at death) based on rheumatism and kidney disease contracted in June 1864.
Prior to entering the army George had married Lydia C. Abbott. In 1898 two children produced by this union were living: George A. (3/18/62) and Mary Grace (9/1/67). Effective 1/9/65 Lieutenant Evans resigned his officers’ commission “on account of illness in his family” back home in Ohio. Whether the unspecified illness involved his wife, son George, or perhaps, a child that died, is not documented. What is noted is that Lydia died 8/5/75 at or near Elmo, Missouri.
After his first wife’s death George remarried to Nancy Diefenbaugh. She too, died circa October, 1887 near St. Louis, MO. It appears that following Nancy’s death George headed westward to California where he remained for five years. By 1893 he had moved north to Oregon.
There, on 5/11 in Grants Pass he married a third time to the apparently previously wed Margaret E. Hoyt (nee Waller). The couple remained in Oregon until around 1907 when they resettled in the Puget Sound area of Washington, first in Mukilteo and, by 1913 Everett. George L. Evans, one time U.S. Army Sharpshooter died in Everett, WA on 12/29/13. He was aged 77 yrs and 7 mos. (cause of death) “inflammation of the bowel” and “old age.” Margaret was receiving $40 per month based on her late husband’s Civil War soldiering when she died 2/12/29. She is buried beside George.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
Stephen R. Smith
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