George Peabody Estey

George Peabody Estey (also Este) was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, April 24, 1829. He was born and was buried under the name Estey; however, at the time he entered the army he adopted an older spelling and the name Este is rendered in all army records. He attended Dartmouth but did not graduate, visited California, and then studied law, practicing first in Galena, Illinois, and later in Toledo, Ohio, where he became a partner of Morrison R. Waite, later Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court. Estey was appointed lieutenant colonel of the 14th Ohio on April 24, 1861, and became its colonel on November 20, 1862. The unit was engaged at Philippi, Laurel Hill, and Corrick's Ford in (West) Virginia and after its reenlistment for three years was stationed in Kentucky and fought at Mill Springs (Fishing Creek). Estey took part in the Tullahoma campaign but was apparently not present at Chickamauga or Chattanooga, where the regiment was commanded by its lieutenant colonel. He directed a brigade of the XIV Corps through the Atlanta campaign, the "March to the Sea," and the Carolina campaign. At Jonesboro, where his horse was shot from under him and he was wounded, he received the special commendation of his division commander, General Absalom Baird, for having "made as gallant a charge as ever was made." The brigade loss was 346 out of about 1,100 men engaged. Estey was made a brigadier general by brevet on December 9, 1864, and was commissioned to the full rank on June 26, 1865. He resigned from the army on December 4, 1865, and took up residence in Washington, D. C. Here he practiced law until his death in New York City on February 6, 1881. General Estey was buried in the Nashua Cemetery under a marker which spells his name Estey.  History of Nashua, New Hampshire, published in 1897, records the same spelling; however, Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography lists him under Este, as do most other published sources.

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Reference:  Generals in Blue.  Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Louisiana State University Press.  Baton Rouge.