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George Andrew Denniston (Right) with his fraternal twin brother John.

John (left) and George are seated in front of the "US Picture Tent" backdrop that dates this photograph from between September 1863 and May of 1864. John was promoted to Corporal in September of 1863, with effective date of promotion July 3. Many photos exist of this particular backdrop, and their younger brother, Hans, who was severely wounded at Chancellorsville is not present, which is what dates this photo. John is not only sporting unusually long hair (ringlets??) but also a blouse (aka Sack Coat) with emerald-green corporal chevrons and dark green trousers (they appear to be catching direct sunlight). John is wearing a blouse, sky blue trousers, and a second blouse field altered into a shirt.




Birth: 1842
Bethel
Sullivan County
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 1864
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

He is MEMORIALIZED ONLY in Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Fox Lake Wisconsin on the Denniston Family Monument to the right of the main driveway due to the inscription on the Denniston Monument. George is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 27, Grave #679.

George served with Company G, 1st Regiment United States Sharpshooters. Company G was made up of Wisconsin men, with a couple of exceptions. George enlisted on August 5th, 1862 with Company G, 1st Regiment, United States Sharpshooters with his fraternal twin brother John and younger brother Hans. He was mortally wounded on May 12th, 1864 at the Battle of the Spotsylvania, VA, five days after his twin brother John was killed at the Wilderness. He had been shot in the head, as was often the case with the U.S.S.S. He was sent to Lincoln Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he died on June 1st, 1864 from meningitis, due to his wound.

George's sister Maria J. had died in 1857. His father died in 1859. That left Eliza Denniston, his mother, with only her three boys until they marched off to War with Company G, 1st USSS. Hans B. was wounded at Chancellorsville, so he was discharged on December 11th, 1863, and went home to recover at his mother's side. George was mourning the death of his twin brother John (left in photo) 10 days earlier on May 7th at the battle of The Wilderness, VA when he was wounded. Moved to Washington to Lincoln Hospital, he died there from his wounds on June 1st, 1864. Eliza Denniston had their fate chiseled on the family monument in Riverside Cemetery in Fox Lake, WI. Hans never fully recovered from his wound, and was in constant ill health until his death in 1867. When Hans died, all of the Widow Denniston's children were dead. She was lonely and sad the rest of her life.

See Find A Grave Memorial 61525241 for John A. Denniston.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cg ... d=94964812

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