His father, a wealthy Philadelphian merchant, was serving in Spain as a naval agent for the U. He was ruined financially because of his support of Spain in the Napoleonic Wars and died in when Meade was not yet a teenager. His family returned to the United States inin precarious financial straits. He graduated 19th in his class of 56 cadets in
Lee during Gettysburg in His father died in after supporting Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. George entered West Point in and he did so mostly because of financial reasons. He served in Florida while the artillery fought against Seminole Indians, eventually leaving the army which was not his first choice as a career.
He married the daughter of John Sergeant, Margaretta Sergeant and the couple had a total of seven children. Meade returned to service during the Mexican-American War. This was done due to the recommendation of then Pennsylvania governor, Curtin.
His assignment was to command the Second Brigade of the reserves in Pennsylvania. When Hooker resigned as commander for the Army of the Potomac, Lincoln informed Meade that he was to be the replacement in the position Hooker had left.
Meade led the battle that is seen by historians as one of the turning points of the Civil War when during the Battle of Gettysburg he confronted General Lee and won. When Meade did not pursue the Confederacy during their retreat he was criticized for not doing so.
He served in that position until he died from a combination of pneumonia and his old wounds. He was buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery. How Union General George G. Meade became the Rodney Dangerfield of the Civil War The near-cloudless July skies promise a hot, sunny day for the people gathered in a large field near Gettysburg.
The loud crump of a mortar sounds from the nearby pasture. Men—and a few women—in Union blue and Confederate gray make their way through the crowds moving among the tents. General William Tecumseh Sherman is here too, even though he was actually in far-off Vicksburg, Miss.
General John Buford, the tough-as-nails cavalry commander who held off the Confederates at Gettysburg on the morning of the first day, is in evidence, along with General John Reynolds, who arrived with his I Corps just in time to support Buford—and receive a fatal bullet in the head.
I notice one major absence among the Union generals. George Gordon Meade, commander of the Union army at Gettysburg? Certainly he should be here too? In one way his absence makes sense, since it seems as though Meade has largely disappeared from history books.
Sure, Civil War buffs know about him. Stuart, Grant and Sherman. Maybe Phil Sheridan has a seat in the hall, too, although that would surely make Meade grind his teeth.
Meade is the Rodney Dangerfield of Civil War generals. He gets no respect. Adding insult to injury, Meade later had to testify about Gettysburg before a congressional committee, mainly because the man who had almost cost him the battle—Maj. Daniel Sickles—was spreading rumors that Meade had intended to retreat from the battlefield.
Even before the war ended Meade sensed his reputation was in eclipse. Then too, in the last year or so of the war Meade had Grant, by then general-in-chief of Union forces, traveling with his army and looking over his shoulder. Grant got credit for any victories.
That situation was exacerbated by a conspiracy among newspaper reporters, angry that the hot-tempered Meade had kicked a reporter out of his camp. As a result they agreed to omit Meade from their dispatches. Meade seemed an unlikely general.
His habitual personal appearance is quite careless, and it would be rather difficult to make him look well dressed. He had not sought command of the Army of the Potomac, nor did he engage in the kind of backstabbing often seen among generals.
He was also a fighter, badly wounded in one battle and with plenty of shot horses and hats to testify to his courage. He took delight in a conversation overheard by an aide during a trip to Washington.
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George Gordon Meade (December 31, – November 6, ) was a career United States Army officer and civil engineer best known for defeating Confederate General Robert E.
Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil lausannecongress2018.com previously fought with distinction in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican–American lausannecongress2018.com the Civil War, he served as a Union general.