A man with the initials U. S. G. was the son of a Civil War general. He was born in Moline, Illinois in 1867 and grew up to become a professor of geology at Northwestern University. What was the professor's middle name and what was his father's first name?
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The American Civil War
The American Civil War, arguably the most traumatic event in the history of the United States, was fought from 1861 to 1865, and was the culmination of sectional issues which deeply divided the country between a pro-Federal government North and a pro-states rights, in the pro-slavery South, whose eleven states formed a breakaway government called the Confederate States of America. The costliest war in terms of human lives, the American Civil War claimed in excess of 620,000 battle or disease-related deaths - roughly two percent of the country's total population, and nearly more deaths than all other American wars combined.
“Send me some of your Sunday paper regularly. The boys can’t do without it. If you forget it, and I am shot; I will haunt you.” - Member of Company C, 11th New York Infantry Regiment – May 8th, 1861, Washington, D.C.