George P. Webster


COL. GEORGE P. WEBSTER, was the son of John Webster and was born near Middletown, Butler Co., Ohio, December 24, 1824. He had a common school education, and went to Hamilton in 1841, there performing duties in the office of the clerk of court.He studied law with Thomas Millikin and early in 1846 was admitted to the bar. He enlisted as a private in the Mexican war, but was promoted to sergeant major in the First Ohio infantry, serving with credit, and was wounded in the right shoulder at the storming of Monterey, September, 1846. The war over, he married Miss Mary McAdams, of Warrenton, Jefferson county, and a year later he removed to Steubenville. He became clerk of court in 1851, holding the office two terms, after which he became a partner in the law business with Martin Andrews. He was a democrat in politics, but at the outbreak of the rebellion took a most active part in raising troops, and soon after he was appointed major of the Twenty-fifth Ohio infantry. After service in West Virginia in May, 1862, he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel and in the following July he was appointed colonel of the Ninety-eighth Ohio, which regiment was organized at Camp Steubenville, three miles below the city. He left Steubenville with his regiment August 23d, going to Lexington, Ky., and thence to Louisville. Here he was placed in command of the Thirty-fourth brigade, Jackson;s division, McCook's corps. The battle of Perryville followed shortly after, in which he was mortally wounded, dying as a brave soldier on the field of battle. His son, John McA. Webster, is lieutenant in the United States army.

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