George Isaac Rudolph II


George enlisted in Company G, 87th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on February 28,1865. He was wounded on April 2, 1865. He was mustered out on June 29, 1865 in Alexandria, Virginia as a private (Source: History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865. [PARoster] Published in 1870)

George is also listed in the 3" x 5" cards that were initially prepared to serve as an index to Samuel Penniman Bates' "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865," (Harrisburg, 1869-1871). The Office of the Adjutant General later expanded the scope of the cards by transcribing onto them data found on the original Civil War Muster Rolls and Related Records, 1861-1866 {series #19.11}. 



(Note: George Isaac Rudolph II should not be confused with the Private George Rudolph who was a Wagoner in Company D, 28 Pennsylvania Infantry. This George Rudolph fought at Gettysburg and is listed on the Pennsylvania Monument.)

George Isaac Rudolph II served General Grant as Night Sentinel (Guard). He served picket duty each night outside of General Grant's tent. He and another soldier (Bob Falk) were picked for this duty because they were the best shots in the regiment. (Both were redheads.) Photo of George Isaac Rudolph II  at GAR reunion, with grandson of General Grant.

George Isaac Rudolph II was known in the north side of Pittsburgh as the "Man who knew Lincoln." He was wounded twice at Petersburg, and was treated at a military hospital at City Point at the mouth of the Appomattox River. President Abraham Lincoln came to visit the hospital and spent time with George Isaac Rudolph II. (Source: December 24, 1928 article in Pittsburgh Press)

Civil War Pension Index: George Rudolph; State Filed: Pennsylvania; Disability (Invalid) Pension; Name: George Rudolph; Service: G, 87, Pa, Inf.; Application date: September 8, 1865;Application # 671914; Certificate # 454558

George I. Rudolph, Private, Company G, 87 Regiment (Infantry) is honored at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh. (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, in the war for the suppression of the rebellion, 1861-1865 : roll of honor, defenders of the flag, attack on Fort Sumter, S.C., April 12, 1861, surrender at Appomattox, Va., April 9, 1865 / published by authority of the Board of Managers, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall ; compiled and arranged by and under the direction of Samuel M. Evans. Originally Published: Pittsburgh, Pa. : [s.n.], 1924.)



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