California Genealogy and History Archives
Civil War Veterans
STYLES, GEORGE H
Old Soldier Found Dead
Information was received from
Soledad Tuesday mooring that the dead body of an unknown man had been
found about three miles outside the town.
Coroner Muller at once went to the
scene and at noon telephoned to the G.A.R. Post here that the deceased
was a veteran. On his person
was found an honorable discharge from the 18th regiment
Indiana Volunteers , in February, 1863 issued to George H. Styles, also
a furlough from the Pacific Branch National Home for Veterans at Santa
Monica for thirty days furlough
expired Tuesday. This was
for Styles also as a private in Company H Eighteenth Indiana Volunteers.
The deceased was 51 years of age, had been working at the
railroad camp near Soledad from May 25th.
Last Monday night he quit work and left camp about 7 o’clock
and was found dead early Tuesday morning near the county road.
Upon arrival Coroner Muller had an autopsy made when it was
discovered that deceased had suffered from mitral trouble of the heart.
A jury rendered a verdict
of death from heart disease. The
remains were brought to Salinas Tuesday night and were interred
yesterday afternoon in the Grand Army lot in the I.O.O.F.
Index June 2, 1899)
George W. Styles, the old soldier who was found dead near Soledad last Tuesday and who was buried here by the G.A.R. post Wednesday, was one of those unrecognized heroes whose deeds during the civil war went by unheralded. From papers upon his person it appears that he enlisted as a private in 1862 in the 19th regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, but it having been discovered two months later that he was just past his 15th year he was discharged. Not to be deterred he went to another town, and 1864 re enlisted this time in Co. H 18th Indiana Volunteers. He served with honor and credit during the war and participated in several engagements. At Cedar Creek VA a teamster having a load of ammunition under his care became terror stricken at the proximity of flying shells began to unload his dangerous cargo. After it was all on the ground the teamster was so overcome fear that he fled in dismay. the Colonel of the 18th seeing that the Confederates would destroy on possible capture the ammunition called for volunteers to replace the dangerous stuff on the wagon. Young Styles then only 16 and one other volunteered, and in the face of almost uncertain death put the ammunition back and drove to a place of safety. Styles was wounded about the face and body by a shell just as the wagon drove off and the scar of his wounds were on his body when he was buried. Of such stuff are American heroes made all over our nation.
|Researched and Compiled by :
Timothy P. Reese, PCC of Salinas , CA. & Robert L. Nelson ,PCC. of Santa Cruz.CA.
Both members of the “Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War”. Department of California & Pacific. Camp Abraham Lincoln # 10. The Reese-Nelson CWV-MC Data Base