★ ★  Sykes, George

George Sykes

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Born: October 9, 1822

Birthplace: Dover, Delaware

Father: Dr. James Sykes 1793 – 1855
(Buried: Mount Mora Cemetery, Saint Joseph, Missouri)​

Mother: Angelina Underhill 1799 – 1862
(Buried: Trinity Churchyard, Manhattan, New York)​

Wife: Emily Virginia Macrae 1825 – 1882
(Buried: Green – Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York)​

Married: September 2, 1854 in New York City, New York

Children:

George Norris Sykes 1863 – 1946​
(Buried: Watonga IOOF Cemetery, Watonga, Oklahoma)​

Education:

1842: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (39th in class)​

Occupation before War:

1842 – 1843: Brevet, 2nd Lt. United States Army, 3rd Infantry Regiment​
1842: Served in the Seminole War in Florida​
1842 – 1843: Garrison Duty at Fort Stansbury, Florida​
1843 – 1844: Garrison Duty at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri​
1843 – 1846: 2nd Lt. United States Army, 3rd Infantry Regiment​
1844 – 1845: Frontier Duty at Fort Jessup, Louisiana​
1846 – 1855: 1st Lt. United States Army, 3rd Infantry Regiment​
1846: Served in the Battle of Monterrey, Mexico​
1847: Served in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mexico​
1847: Served in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mexico​
1847: Brevetted Captain for Gallantry at Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mexico​
1847: Served in the Battle of Contreras, Mexico​
1847: Served in the Battle of Churubusco, Mexico​
1847: Served in the capture of Mexico City, Mexico​
1847 – 1848: Commissary for Twigg’s U.S. Army Division​
1848: Garrison Duty at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri​
1849: Frontier Duty at Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory​
1849 – 1850: Frontier Duty at Navajo Nation​
1850: Frontier Duty at Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory​
1850 – 1852: Recruiter for United States Army​
1852 – 1854: Frontier Duty at Fort Union, New Mexico​
1854: United States Army scout against Apache Natives​
1854: Served in the fighting against Apache Natives​
1854 – 1855: Frontier Duty at Fort Union, New Mexico​
1855: Frontier Duty at Fort Massachusetts, Colorado​
1855: Frontier Duty at Fort Union, New Mexico​
1855 – 1861: Captain, United States Army, 3rd Infantry Regiment​
1855 – 1857: Frontier Duty at Fort Fillmore, New Mexico​
1857: Served in the Gila Expedition​
1857: Frontier Duty at Fort Fillmore, New Mexico​
1858: On Detached service in Baltimore, Maryland​
1858 – 1859: Frontier Duty at Los Lunas, New Mexico​
1859: Served in the Navajo Expedition​
1859 – 1860: Frontier Duty at Los Lunas, New Mexico​
1860: Served in the march to Texas​
1860 – 1861: Frontier Duty at Fort Clark, Texas​

Civil War Career:
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1861 – 1863: Major, United States Army, 14th Infantry Regiment​
1861: Served in the First Battle of Bull Run, Virginia​
1861 – 1862: Commander of U.S. Army Infantry, Washington, D.C.​
1861 – 1862: Brigadier General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1862: Served in the Virginia Peninsula Campaign, Virginia​
1862: Brevetted Colonel for Gallantry at Battle of Gaines Mill​
1862: Served in the march from Fredericksburg to Bull Run​
1862: Served in the Second Battle of Bull Run, Virginia​
1862: Served in the Battle of Antietam, Maryland​
1862: Served in the skirmish at Shepherdstown​
1862: Served in the march to Falmouth, Virginia​
1862: Served in the skirmish at Snicker’s Gap, Virginia​
1862 – 1866: Major General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1862: Served in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1863: Served in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Union Army Commander, 5th Army Corps, Army of Potomac​
1863: Corps Commander at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania​
1863: Corps Commander in the Rapidan Campaign​
1863 – 1868: Lt. Colonel, United States Army, 5th Infantry Regt.​
1863: Served in the fighting at Rappahannock Station​
1864 – 1865: Served in U.S. Army, Department of Kansas​
1864: Union Army Commander, District of South Kansas​
1865: Brevetted Brig. General for Gallantry, Battle of Gettysburg​
1865 – 1866: Awaiting orders from the U.S. Army, War Dept.​
1865: Brevetted Major General for his service in the war​
1866: Mustered out of the Union Army on January 15th​

Occupation after War:

1863 – 1868: Lt. Colonel of United States Army, 5th Infantry Regt.​
1866: Commander of detachment of recruits for New Mexico​
1866 – 1867: Regimental Commander at Fort Sumner, New Mexico​
1867: United States Army Commander of Fort Sumner, New Mexico​
1867: Member of Examining Board in New York City, New York​
1868: Awaiting Orders from United States Army​
1868 – 1880: Colonel of United States Army, 20th Infantry Regiment​
1868 – 1869: Regimental Commander at Baton Rouge, Louisiana​
1869 – 1873: United States Army Commander, District of Minnesota​
1872 – 1873: Served on Court Martial Duty for United States Army​
1873 – 1877: U.S. Army Commander of Fort Snelling, Minnesota​
1878 – 1880: U.S. Army Commander, District of Rio Grande​
1878 – 1880: U.S. Army Commander, Fort Brown, Texas​
1878: Member of the U.S. Army Court of inquiry at Fort Clark, Texas​
1878: Witness at West Point, New York for United States Army​

Died: February 8, 1880

Place of Death: Fort Brown, Texas

Cause of Death: Cancer on the left side of his face

Age at time of Death: 57 years old

Burial Place: U.S. Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, New York
 
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