My 3rd great grandfather George W TAGUE was born in Indiana on about 2 August 1831 to Jacob TAGUE and Mary MARTINDALE. I have found six probable siblings, all of them sisters.
George married Emaline Eliza “Emily” BROOKS on 24 August 1849, marriage license obtained in Hancock County, Indiana. He was 18, and she was 20. I wrote about Emily’s sad death a few posts ago.
George W TAGUE served as a Union Captain and Doctor in the Civil War. He died 28 March 1896 in Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana. This is his general index card.
Frustratingly, I cannot find a service record or pension package on-line for George nor his widow (but there should be one in existence, I think – oh, I suppose I could write for it), but because he was a Captain, I do find him in a letter certifying the cause of death in the line of duty of one of his servicemen, Private William S. FLETCHER. We get George’s signature in this document, too.
Something contradictory is George W TAGUE’s military tombstone. It says Corporal rather than Captain (or even First Lieutenant, his enlistment rank).
Were there were two George TAGUEs in this company? The military stone is marking the same grave as the larger monument which contains more detailed information about George and his wife Emily. These are definitely my ancestors’ graves.
My grand-aunt, and George TAGUE’s great-granddaughter, said that “Pap Tague brought back a clock from the Civil War” and that “Pap Tague was a doctor in the Civil War.” The 1870 U.S. Census shows his occupation as a Physician, and the 1880 lists him as a Farmer and M.D. Both residences were in Center Township, Hancock County, Indiana. Both entries have Emily as his wife.
In the Ancestry.com database entitled “U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865,” there is an abstract entry for George Tague, residence Indiana, enlisted 13 August 1862 as 1st Lieutenant. In this database, he is again stated as serving in Company B, Indiana 99th Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to Full Captain on 22 January 1863, and he mustered out on 5 January 1864. In this database, this is the only George TAGUE I can find in Indiana, and certainly the only one in the 99th Infantry Regiment.
The gravestone mystery bothers me. I believe it is incorrect. Did somebody misread the handwriting of the person requesting the military stone? Did Capt look too much like Copl or Corpl? Seems possible.
MY George W. TAGUE WISH LIST:
- As always, photographs.
- Military records.
- Pension packet and information (I have the index cards).
- Death record (missing record book).
- Obituary (missing microfilm).
- Location of home and store (he had a store with his medical office and later a post office, for which he was the Postmaster).
- DNA results from other of his descendants.
- The answer to why his rank on his military stone was incorrect.
Thank you, Grandfather. It is because of you and people like you that we are the nation we are becoming.
How to cite this article using Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Evidence Explained formatting (replace the date in the citation with the date you viewed the page):
Elizabeth Wilson Ballard, “George W. TAGUE – Union Captain and Doctor in the Civil War – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 58)”, Diggin’ Up Graves (https://digginupgraves.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/george-w-tague-union-captain-and-doctor-in-the-civil-war-52-ancestors/ : accessed 20 January 2023).