Biographical Profile and Obituary: Sgt. George Maxwell, Company E, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 100th Regiment

Transcribed by David L. Welch, 2nd great-grandnephew of Sgt. George Maxwell, Co. E, from Available Sources.

History of Butler County, Biographical Sketches

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George Maxwell was born in Plain Grove township, Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, August 18, 1841, son of William and Nancy (Waddell) Maxwell, and grandson of James Maxwell, one of the pioneers of Lawrence county.  He was reared upon the homestead farm, and in 1861 enlisted in Company E. of 100th Pennsylvania Volunteers, known as the "Roundheads," and served until the close of the war.   He participated in the following engagements: James Island, where he was slightly wounded, Second Bull Run, Chantilly, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Jackson, Knoxville, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House; was wounded in the last mentioned battle, May 12, 1864 by a gun shot to the right knee, was sent to a field hospital, then to Grosvenor Hospital, Alexandria, Virginia, thence to McClellan Hospital, Philadelphia, where he remained until August 28, 1865, on which date he was honorably discharged from the service.   In 1866, Mr. Maxwell located at Centreville, Butler County, PA where he engaged in the purchase of livestock for the eastern market, which business he has followed up to the present. He is a man of commendable public enterprise, and was one of the first citizens of the community to offer his means and influence towards obtaining the State Normal School, at Centreville. He was one of the original stockholders of that institution, served on the building committee, and has been president of the board of trustees since it's organization.  Few men of his locality have done more for the material prosperity of the community than the subject of this sketch. He is a leading Republican, and is a prominent member of O.G. Bingham Post, Number 305, G.A.R. of Slippery Rock.


Obituary; New Castle News, Tuesday, January 22, 1901


He was Born in Lawrence County and Served in the "Roundheads."

George Maxwell, president of the board of trustees of the Slippery Rock State Normal School, died at Cambridge Springs Saturday.  He was born in Plaingrove township, Lawrence county, August 13, 1841.  At the breaking out of the civil war he enlisted, and became a sergeant in Company E, of the famous One Hundredth regiment of Pennsylvania volunteers, more commonly known as the "Roundheads."  He served until the close of the war, being wounded at James Island and at Spottsylvania court house.  He remained in the McClellan hospital, Philadelphia until August 28, 1865, when he was honorably discharged from the service.  He was one of the founders of the State Normal school, of the Eleventh Normal district.  He had been president of the board of trustees since it's organization.  His wise counsels, and uncompromising support of the faculty in all matters of discipline and instruction, made strong hands of all who had such duties to perform. As the official head of the board of trustees, he wisely conducted the financial and other business relations of the school.  

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