George P. Estey

George Peabody Estey (1829–1881), also spelled Este, was a Union Army general during the American Civil War.

George Peabody Estey
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George P. Estey during the civil war
Other name(s)George Peabody Este
Born(1829-04-24)April 24, 1829
Nashua, New Hampshire
DiedFebruary 6, 1881(1881-02-06) (aged 51)
Manhattan, New York
Place of burial
Nashua, New Hampshire
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnion Army
Years of service1861–1865
RankUnion Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands held14th Ohio Infantry Regiment
3rd Bde, 3rd Div, XIV Corps
3rd Division, XIV Corps
2nd Bde, 3rd Div, XIV Corps
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
Other worklawyer


George P. Estey was born on April 25, 1829, in Nashua, New Hampshire. For some time he attended Dartmouth College, though he didn't graduate, and briefly moved to California and Illinois to study law before settling in Toledo, Ohio. There he practiced in partnership with future Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite.[1]

When the Civil War began, he became lieutenant colonel of the 14th Ohio Infantry Regiment, a three-months unit that eventually reorganized for three years of service. With his men he fought in the Western Virginia Campaign and in Kentucky before being promoted to colonel, again serving in the Tullahoma Campaign. By the time of the Atlanta Campaign he commanded a brigade of the XIV Corps. He received a leg wound while leading a bayonet charge at the Battle of Jonesborough, receiving praise from division commander Absalom Baird. During the Savannah Campaign, on December 9, 1964, he was brevetted brigadier general. He then participated in the Carolinas Campaign.[1] On June 26, 1865, he was appointed full brigadier general, the confirmation by Congress coming just in 1866 after he had resigned in December.[2]

After the war he returned to practicing law in Washington, D.C., for the remainder of his life.[1] He died from pneumonia in Manhattan, New York, on February 6, 1881, and was interred at his birthplace.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Warner, pp. 143-144
  2. ^ Eicher, p. 228, 721
  3. ^ Welsh, pp. 109-110


  • Warner, Ezra J. (1964). Generals in Blue: Lives of the Union Commanders. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press. ISBN 0-8071-0822-7.
  • Eicher, John H. and David J. (2001). Civil War High Commands. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
  • Welsh, Jack D. (2005). Medical Histories of Union Generals. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press. ISBN 0873388534.

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