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George William English

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1831 - 1900
Co. E, 57th Va. Infantry

Born in Franklin County on 4 March 1831, George was one of five children born to Thomas T. and Nancy (Kemp) English. He was the grandson of William English who served in the Revolutionary War. George's siblings were: Stephen D., born in 1818 and married Sarah Elizabeth Mattox; Thomas T.B., born circa 1823 and married Virginia Ann Eliza Powell; Henry F., born in 1826; and Mary Ann Elizabeth, born in 1826 and married Phillip C. Elliot.

The family were farmers in the Union Hall area of Franklin County. After the death of their parents, Stephen, Henry and George continued to live in the family home and are listed as the only occupants in the 1850 census. Stephen was a merchant in Union Hall and George was a partner. Henry worked as a clerk for his brothers. Thomas had moved out of the are in 1853.

George married Nancy Ann Wright Holland on 10 Demember 1856. She was born 6 July 1835, the daughter of Thomas J. and Miriam (Smith) Holland. They lived in Snow Creek Township. Nine children were born to this union: Julia Frances; Nancy Miriam; Louella; James Henry Thomas; Mary Ann Elizabeth; Laura Alice; George William Walter; Edgar Alexander and Posey Lester.

George enlisted in Co. E, 57th Virginia Infantry on 22 April 1862, along with his cousins Stephen and James at Ft. Dillard, Virginia. His brother, Henry enlisted 12 November 1864 in Co. E, 20th Battalion, Heavy Artillery. Company E of the 57th Va. Infantry was known as the "Pigg River Greys" from Pittsylvania County and was organized by William H. Ramsey, who served as captain until after the battle of Gettysburg. Captain Ralph S. Woody was his successor until Appamattox.

Company E saw fighting at Malvern Hill in Fredericksburg and suffered its greatest losses of any company in Pickett's charge at Gettysburg, being one of the few companies to make it to the wall. In spite of it's losses, the fighting continued for the 57th at Chester Station, Drewry's Bluff and ten months of service at Bermuda Hundred.

George died 18 October 1900 and Nancy died 30 January 1907 in Missouri. They are buried in the Hunty Cemeter on the Colonial Turnpike in Franklin County near two of their children.

George is the second cousin, three times removed of members, Maxene Dickerson, Nellis Milam and Linda Nezbeth.

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