|Birth||July 27, 1843|
|Death||Dec. 8, 1933|
|Unit||74th Illinois Infantry, Company D|
Private George T. Wheat
Company D, 74th Illinois Infantry
Wheat was born in New York State on July 27, 1843. He was living in Rockford (Winnebago County), Illinois when he enlisted for 3 years on August 7, 1862. Wheat was mustered on August 28, 1862 and served nearly 34 months. He was mustered out on June 22, 1865 at Quincy, Illinois.
The 74th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Rockford, Illinois on September 4, 1862. During Wheat’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:
Battle of Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862).
Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863).
Siege of Chattanooga (TN) (September 24-November 23, 1863).
Assault on Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 27, 1864).
The Assault on Kenesaw Mountain was very costly to the regiment. The unit lost 18 soldiers, 4 were wounded, 1 taken prisoner, and 4 were missing. Wheat was one of the wounded. Illinois records indicate that he was wounded on June 27, 1864. He was hospitalized at Quincy, Illinois.
Wheat died on December 8, 1933 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Holstein Cemetery in Holstein (Adams County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Burnside Post (#79) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Bladen, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.