★ ★  Cadwalader, George

George Cadwalader

Born: May 16, 1806

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Father: General Thomas Cadwalader 1779 – 1841
(Buried: Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)​

Mother: Mary Biddle 1781 – 1850
(Buried: Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)​

Wife: Frances Butler Mease 1808 – 1880
(Buried: Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)​


Frances Cadwalader​

Occupation before War:

Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania​
1824: Formed the Philadelphia Grays State Militia​
1824 – 1832: Captain of Philadelphia Grays State Militia​
Brigadier General of Pennsylvania State Militia​
1844: Criticized for his weak role in Philadelphia anti – catholic riots​
1844: Refused to allow militia to action against rioters on Kensington​
1844: Ordered his militia to fire into crowd of nativists trying to destroy St. Phillip Neri Church​
1847 – 1848: Brigadier General in the Mexican – American War​
1847: Served in the Battle of Contreras, Mexico​
1847: Served in the Battle of Churubusco, Mexico​
1847: Brevetted Major General for gallantry at Chapultepec, Mexico​
One of the original members of the Aztec Club of 1847​
1848: Discharged from United States Army on July 20th

Civil War Career:

1861: Major General of Pennsylvania State Volunteers​
1861 – 1862: Military Commander in Maryland​
1861: Ordered the arrest of John Merryman​
His Arrest of Merryman led to the case of Ex parte Merryman
Served in the Army of the Shenandoah as Division Commander​
1862 – 1865: Major General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1862: Treated for contusion of his knee​
1862: Had medical care in Washington, D.C. for Synovitis​
Union Army Post Commander in Corinth, Mississippi​
Union Army Post Commander of District of Brandywine​
Union Army Post Commander of District of the Susquehanna​
1863 – 1865: Union Army Commander of District of Philadelphia​
1865: Resigned from the Union Army in July​

Occupation after War:

1865: One of the founders of Military Order of the Loyal Legion​
1865 – 1879: Commander – in – Chief of Military Order of Loyal Legion​

Died: February 3, 1879

Place of Death: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cause of Death: Cerebral Apoplexy

Age at time of Death:
72 years old

Burial Place: Christ Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Feb 23, 2013
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It's hard to believe any self-respecting photographer would've allowed Cadwallader to merely whip off his hat and be photographed, but that is obviously what happened!
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
The men who suceeded him as Commander-in-chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States reads like a Who's Who. Hancock, Sheridan, Hayes, Gibbon, Schofield, Dodge etc. to name a few.