George Stockweather was my grandmother’s uncle (my great granduncle). He was born in Allegany County, NY on 15 April 1847. He was only 16 years old when he enlisted in the Army on 15 Dec. 1863 in Buffalo, NY. He was assigned to Co. F, of the First NY Dragoons. His unit was in many engagements over the next few months.
On 12 June 1864 at a battle at Trevilian, VA George suffered what usually would have been a fatal wound. A rifle ball pierced his left cheek breaking out his teeth and the ball came out the back of his neck. His fellow soldiers assumed that he was dead but as they were driven back from the battlefield George was heard to say “Boys! boys! don’t leave me.” He was captured by the Confederate troops and again they thought that he would die. He was able to get medical care and was put in Libby Prison at Richmond, VA. George was paroled 26 Sept. 1964 at Varina, VA and went to a hospital in Annapolis, Maryland. He then was able to return to duty on 12 Dec. 1864. After the end of the Civil War, George was discharged 30 June 1865 at Clouds Mills, VA.
George came back to Granger, Allegany County with a terrible scar and his left jaw would never function again. He was also left deaf in his left ear. He started farming and he married Mary A. Vincent on 29 September 1870. They had 5 children with one girl dying young. He would later move his family a few miles north to the Town of Portage in Livingston County where in 1911 he was the Poor Master of the Town. His son Albion Grant Stockweather (usually called A. G.) was Supervisor for the Town of Portage from 1920 to 1927. A. G. was a Member of New York State Assembly from Livingston County, 1927-31.
George’s wife Mary died in February 1932 aged 82. George lived a long life in spite of his war wound. He died 5 March 1936 at age 88 and was buried along side his wife in the Short Tract Cemetery in the Town of Granger, Allegany Co., NY.