George Henry Cram

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George Henry Cram
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Col. George H. Cram, ca. 1863
Born (1838-01-22)January 22, 1838
Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Died August 5, 1872(1872-08-05) (aged 34)
Ponca Agency, Dakota Territory (present day Niobara, Nebraska)
Place of burial Oakdale Memorial Gardens
Davenport, Iowa
Allegiance United States
Union
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861-1871
Rank Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brevet Brigadier General
Commands held 9th Kentucky Infantry
Battles/wars

American Civil War

Other work merchant

George Henry Cram (January 22, 1838 – August 5, 1872) was a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Early life and career[edit]

George Henry Cram was born in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, and was a merchant before entering the military service.[1]

Civil War service[edit]

Cram was named as captain of Company H of the 9th Kentucky Infantry on November 26, 1861. He was wounded in the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee in the spring of 1862. In April, Cram was promoted to lieutenant colonel and fought at the Battle of Perryville in that capacity. He commanded the 9th Kentucky at the Battle of Stones River in late December, where he was again wounded in action. In March 1863, he was promoted to colonel of the 9th Kentucky Infantry.[2] He fought at the Battle of Chickamauga and led his regiment in the East Tennessee campaign, as well as during the assault on Missionary Ridge at Chattanooga, where he was yet again wounded. During the Atlanta Campaign, Cram commanded a brigade with distinction. He was later brevetted as a brigadier general for his performance.[1]

Postbellum[edit]

Following the war, Cram was appointed as a first lieutenant in the Regular Army's 17th U.S. Infantry. Cram was promoted to captain on October 8, 1867.[3] He then served at the army post in Galveston, Texas, for several years. Cram died in the Ponca Agency in the Dakota Territory (present day Niobara, Nebraska), and was interred at the Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport, Iowa.[1]

Legacy[edit]

Post #80 of the Grand Army of the Republic in Cedar Springs, Kentucky, was named for George Henry Cram.[citation needed]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Eicher, p. 188
  2. ^ Henry, p. 285
  3. ^ General Orders, Adjutant-General's Office, United States. Military Secretary's Dept. 1867.