Colonel George Faulkner Hopper

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Colonel George Faulkner Hopper, carte-de-visite made by R.A. Lewis, New York, c. 1860s
George Faulkner Hopper served with the 10th New York Volunteers. Hopper was born on April 26, 1824, in New York City. In his youth he joined the Volunteer Fire Department, and dedicated a great amount of time to that organization. At the time of his death, he was the vice-president of the Exempt Firemen’s Association.
When the Civil War began in 1861, George Hopper enlisted and became a captain of Company H. When his initial term of service expired, he reenlisted and became major of the 10th Battalion New York Volunteers, where he rose to lieutenant colonel and then colonel. Serving for the entirety of the war, he witnessed key moments such as the 1862 capture of Norfolk, Virginia. While with the Fifth Army Corps, Hopper fought in Virginia at the battles of Gaines Mills, White Oak Swamp, and Malvern Hill. With the Second Army Corps, Hopper fought also in Virginia at the Battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, Reams Station, Boydton Road, and Hatcher's Run; in Pennsylvania for the Battle of Gettysburg, and finally, he witnessed the surrender of Lee.
George Hopper’s impact on, and respect for his fellow soldiers led them to refer to him as “Uncle George.” After the war ended, he returned to his previous life but never severed his ties to his wartime companions. In addition to being a veteran of the 10th New York Volunteers, Hopper was a member of the Council of Administration, Department of New York, Grand Army of the Republic. Hopper died of hemorrhage of the lungs in Paskack (modern day River Edge), Bergen County, New Jersey on August 4, 1891, at age 67. His funeral was filled with grieving friends, family, and former comrades. His wife and children had predeceased him, but his grandchildren were present.
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date made
depicted (sitter)
Hopper, George F.
Lewis, R. A.
place made
United States: New York
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 3 31/32 in x 2 3/8 in; 10.0838 cm x 5.9944 cm
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Gift of M.W Seville
Civil War
related event
Battle of Antietam, 1862
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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