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George Washington Whitman
Birth: Nov. 28, 1829
West Hills
Suffolk County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 20, 1901
Burlington County
New Jersey, USA

Civil War Union Army Officer. Ten years younger than his famous poet brother, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1834 he moved with his parents Walter and Louisa and his siblings to Long Island, New york. In "My Boys and Girls" Walt Whitman remembers happy boyhood times when he carried his brother on his shoulders, "his legs dangling down upon my breast, while I trotted for sport down a lane or over the fields" George received his basic fundamental education from his lauded older sibling when Walt was the local schoolmaster.Later, he was trained in carpentry by his father and worked alongside his brothers Andrew and Walt in the family trade of building houses. In 1885 George was quoted as saying about his brother's famous work "Leaves of Grass": "I saw the bookódidn't read it allódidn't think it worth reading..." Named after America's first president, George lived up to the legacy of patriotism when he responded to the Rebel attack on Fort Sumter by joining the local militia, The 13th New York, in the spring of 1861 and then enlisted that fall with the 51st New York Volunteers and served until the end of the war. After George was injured by shell particles to the jaw during the Battle of Fredericksburg, his older brother rushed to his side to nurse him back to health. The experience inspired Walt Whitman to write many famous poems and letters and continue to volunteer to aid the troops. In "Specimen Days" George Whitman's battleground heroism at New Bern, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Second Bull Run, the Wilderness, and Petersburg wwere recounted for posterity and also reflected in the stripes (sergeant, captain, major, breveted lieutenant colonel) he successively earned during his military service. After the war, George Whitman returned to Brooklyn. He obtained work inspecting iron pipes in Brooklyn and Camden, New Jersey. He married Louisa Orr Haslam on 14 April 1871 and settled in Camden. A year later, he moved his ailing mother and retarded brother Edward in with them. When Walt Whitman suffered a debilitating stroke in January 1873 and went to George's home to convalesce. The brothers lived amicably together. George and Louisa named their first son, who died in infancy, after Walt. (A second boy, named for his father, was still-born.) George worked the rest of his life as a pipe inspector for the city of Camden and the New York Metropolitan Water Board. In 1884 George and Louisa moved into a new house they had built on a small farm outside Camden. The separation of the brothers caused a permanent rift. Cause of death- natural causes. (bio by: R. Digati) 
Family links: 
  Walter Whitman (1789 - 1855)
  Louisa Van Velsor Whitman (1795 - 1873)
  Louisa Orr Haslam Whitman (1842 - 1892)*
  Walter Whitman (1875 - 1876)*
  Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)*
  Mary Elizabeth Whitman Van Nostrand (1821 - 1899)*
  Hannah Louisa Whitman Heyde (1824 - 1908)*
  George Washington Whitman (1829 - 1901)
  Thomas Jefferson Whitman (1833 - 1890)*
  Edward L. Whitman (1835 - 1892)*
*Calculated relationship
Harleigh Cemetery
Camden County
New Jersey, USA
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Originally Created by: R. Digati
Record added: Jan 14, 2005
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George Washington Whitman
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George Washington Whitman
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