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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 01/01/1831 New York. d. 15/03/1887 Buffalo, New York.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 19/10/1864 Cedar Creek, Virginia.

 

George Love enlisted in the 21st New York Volunteer Infantry on May 9, 1861, and was mustered in as the regiment's Sergeant Major on May 13, 1861. He served in that duty until August 23, 1861, when he was transferred to the 44th New York Infantry and promoted to first lieutenant of Company A. He was promoted to captain of Company A on January 2, 1862 and led his troops through the spring and summer of that year. On September 5, 1862, he was again promoted and transferred, to major of the 116th New York Volunteer Infantry. On July 16, 1863, he was promoted to colonel of the 116th New York Infantry, replacing Colonel Edward Payson Chapin, who was killed in action. While in command of his men during the October 19, 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia, he captured the battle flag of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor on March 6, 1865.

 

On March 7, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln nominated Love for appointment to the brevet grade of Brigadier General of volunteers to rank from March 7, 1865, to rank from March 7, 1865, and the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment on March 10, 1865. Love was honorably mustered out of the volunteer service on June 8, 1865. Love enlisted in the Regular Army in 1867 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the 11th United States Infantry. Retiring as a First Lieutenant in 1883, he received brevets up to Lieutenant Colonel, US Regular Army.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

Capture of battle flag of 2d South Carolina (C.S.A.).

 

BURIAL LOCATION: FOREST LAWN CEMETERY, BUFFALO, NEW YORK.

Section F, Lot 67

George Maltby Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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