| George was born march 21, 1845,
probably in Tazewell County, Ill. During the War Between the
States, he served in Company A, 23rd Regiment, Iowa Volunteers. Arvia LaForce tells
of a letter dated March 2nd, 1863, in which he thinks his unit will go
to Vicksburg. Another, dated April 1, 1863, stated that they were
at Milligans Bend, Louisiana, where he was on picket duty in a river
bottom. They were only twelve miles from Vicksburg and could hear
the cannon fire.
Mrs. LaForce believed that he was killed at
Vicksburg as did Dewy Broyhill of Moravian Falls. I researched
this several years ago at the Federal Archives but the only Broyhill
buried at Vicksburg is Alexander, who served from Illinois. Gene
Knight wrote that he died May 13, 1864 at New Orleans.
Arvia Force descended from George's sister, Mary Ellen.
born in 1892 and in 1976 was living at Rt. 1, box 204; Mound Valley,
Gene Knight also descends from Mary Ellen. In 1976, he was living
at Box 718; Riddle, Oregon. 97469. (503) 874-2489.