Pvt.George A. Newcomb

Captain Marsh's Co. C – 118th Regiment, Illinois Infantry

George A. Newcomb was born February 12, 1840 in Stillwell Station, Hancock County, Illinois.  He was the son of John Knight and Julia (Enock) Newcomb. 

His great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was Andrew Newcomb, an English Navy Captain who came to the New England area where he died in 1686 in the Boston area. 

This is a story of four brothers, George, William, John and Calvin.  According to Bethuel Merritt Newcomb, Andrew Newcomb and his descendant. William L. Newcomb, born January 22, 1833, answered the first call.  He served three years, helping to organize the 10th Ohio Battery where he served as second and first lieutenant, later captain.  William was said to be at the battle of Bull Run. Unfortunately, conflicting stories arise regarding William's service.  George enlisted as a Private on August 14, 1862, West Point, Illinois. On November 7, 1862, he was assigned to Company C, 118th Infantry Regiment Illinois.  His brother, Calvin Newcomb was born February 4, 1844.  He enlisted as a Private on September 16, 1862, also in the 118th Infantry Regiment.  Their older brother, John Franklin, born September 2, 1834, did not enlist until February 25, 1865 in Company C, 118th Infantry Regiment, Illinois.  All Newcomb brothers were noted for Distinguished Service.

Family history tells of Calvin and George's missing in action.  This is when their older brother John joined up and insisted on traveling south to find his brothers.  The story tells of George and Calvin,s being taken as prisoners of war. 

After the war George suffered from a "bad stomack from food in POW camp".  George claimed he had been held at a camp and water was not available but one day a spring appeared.  No documentation of this has been made. George mustered out of Company C, 118th Infantry Regiment Illinois on October 1, 1865 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  John mustered out Company C, 118th Infantry Regiment, Illinois on October 1, 1865 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Regimental History Illinois

On November 21, 1862 the 118th was armed with Enfield rifles and on December 1, left by the Chicago & Alton Railroad for Alton, Illinois. The regiment proceeded by boat to St. Louis, Missouri and then on to Memphis, Tennessee. At Wolf's Creek, the regiment received its first tents, first "watery beds", first "powder and ball" cartridges, its first scare, first "turn out for firing on the pickets," as well as its first introduction to Confederates in a night and day skirmish. It reached Milliken's Bend December. 25, and the following day proceeded up the Yazoo River and participated in the attack upon Chickasaw Bluffs. From there it proceeded with the force under General McClernand to Arkansas Post and took part in the two days' fight.

In April, 1863, it moved out in the expedition against Vicksburg, crossed the Mississippi River at Bruinsburg and took part in the battles of Port Gibson, Champion's Hill, Black River Bridge, and the assaults upon Vicksburg in May, suffering in the first two and the last severely in killed and wounded. In the battle of Black River Bridge a whole Confederate regiment was captured by and surrendered to Co. D. On May 24, it moved with General Osterhaus' division to Black River Bridge and remained there until the surrender of Vicksburg holding the rear against General Johnston's forces, having frequent skirmishes with them. On July 6, it started with the force under General Sherman to Jackson, Mississippi, and took part in the fighting and siege. A mounted battalion of the regiment went on a raid to Brookhaven having frequent skirmishes, tore up the railroad and burned the rolling stock and depot buildings. The regiment was then transferred to the Department of the Gulf and in November, participated in the battle of Carrion Crow bayou, or as it is sometimes called Grand Coteau, and in a battle near Vermillionville, in which it lost severely. The entire regiment having been mounted, remained in Louisiana and the Gulf region throughout the rest of its term of service, engaged in scouting, foraging, and skirmishing. On October 1, 1865, it was mustered out. The regiment was mustered with a total of 1,103, and mustered out 523. The losses were as follows: 267 resigned and discharged for disability; 176 died, 63 missing, 17 killed in battle; 1 dishonorably discharged, 2 accidentally killed, 1 lost at sea, 2 drowned, 1 committed suicide, 7 absent at muster; 3 discharged by the President; 1 dismissed the service, and 25 transferred to other branches of the service, leaving 14 unaccounted for.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 3 

Regimental History Illinois: Battles Fought


Fought on 02 January 1863 at Yazoo River, MS.    

Fought on 13 March 1863 at Jackson, MS.

Fought on 01 May 1863 at Thompson's Hill, MS.

Fought on 16 May 1863.

Fought on 22 May 1863 at Vicksburg, MS.

Fought on 09 July 1863 at Thompson's Hill, MS.                                     

Fought on 24 October 1863 at Washington, LA.

Fought on 11 November 1863.

Fought on 25 August 1864 at Redwood, LA. 


George returned home and married Martha Ann French, March 14, 1867.  They moved to Lockwood in Dade County, Missouri. Their five children were Frederick Grant, William, Lillie, Georgia and John. 

George is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, near Lockwood, Dade, Missouri

Frederick Grant married Sarah Letitia Conklin. Their children were Eva, Phillip, Gene, Herbert, Beulah, Connie, Lola and son, Carroll Neal.  Beulah married Leo Konersmann. Their children are Martha, Robert, Richard and Majorie.  Richard married Charlene Hamman.  Their children are Marie (David Long), Reneé and Rebecca Konersmann and their grandchildren are Joseph Konersmann, Cheyenne Long and Sierra Long.