George D. Bayard

Died at the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Headstone picture was taken in the Princeton's Cemetery in Princeton, Mercer County, N. J. and were submitted by Fred Otto

At the start of the Civil War in 1861, Bayard was promoted to colonel in the 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry, based in Tenallytown (now Tenleytown, Washington, D.C.). Late in November 1861, he was involved in a confrontation with rebel soldiers near Dranesville, Virginia, in which his horse and two of his fellow soldiers were killed. He escaped with only minor wounds and was subsequently commissioned Chief of Cavalry of the III Corps and brigadier general of volunteers on April 28, 1862.

He fought under John C. Frémont at the Battle of Port Republic. In August 1862, at the Battle of Cedar Mountain, he led a Union Army advance. He was eventually promoted to Chief of Cavalry of the Left Grand Division, Army of the Potomac.

He was hit with shrapnel from a Confederate artillery round on December 13, 1862 in the Battle of Fredericksburg. He died on the following day, December 14, 1862. He was buried in Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, New Jersey.

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