South Mountain by Rick Reeve

South Mountain by Rick Reeve
South Mountain by Rick Reeve depicting the wounding of General Garland

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Private George Detrick, a fallen Ohioan

The Detrick Brothers

This is a photo of George and Samuel Detrick. George, seated on the left, would enlist in Company F, 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry on June 5, 1861 at the age of 22 and his enlistment would be for three years. He would fight in the campaign that would secure what is today West Virginia for the Union in the Summer of 1861 and early 1862. When Confederate forces invaded Maryland in September 1862, Detrick would find himself marching with the Army of the Potomac in pursuit of the Confederates. On September 14, George Detrick would lose his life as the 23rd Ohio was engaged in heavy fighting for control of Fox’s Gap. He is buried in grave 1409 at Antietam National Cemetery. His brother Samuel would enlist in the 63rd Pennsylvania in August 1861. He would survive the war.


Lilenquist Family Collecton, Library of Congress George and Samuel Detrick

State of Ohio. Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion: Vol. III. (Cincinnati: Ohio Valley Press, 1886), pg. 105

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