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George Gordon Meade was born in Cádiz Spain, on Dec. 31, 1815. He was the son of an exporter and naval agent. Meade graduated from the U.S Military Academy in 1835; he then served as a second lieutenant in Florida during the Seminole War. Around after one year he left the army and became an engineer. He then rejoined the army in 1842 and was assigned topographical engineers. In 1846-1848 in the Mexican war Meade was cited for his gallantry in Monterey. He then returned to Military engineering to survey and was promoted to captain in 1856.




In 1861 the Civil war broke out. Meade was commissioned to brigadier general of volunteers, and was put in charge of the unit building defenses in Washington and Baltimore under the command of Gen George McClellan. In 1862 in the Peninsula Campaign he let the unit through the Seven Days` Battle at Mechanicsville, Glendale, and Gaines Mill. He was severely wounded in this battle and when he had barley recovered he rejoined his brigade in August. Meade then took part in the Second Battle of the Bull Run he then claimed himself temporary command of a division in South Mountain. Gen. Joseph Hooker was soon wounded in Antietam, so Mead led the 1st Corps for the rest of the battle. Later in November Meade was promoted to major General of volunteers. In December after the Battle of Fredericksburg Meade was given command of the 5th corps and led in Chancellorsville in May 1863. On June 28, 1863 Joseph Hooker resigned from command of the Army of the Potomac and that’s when Meade succeeded him and kept that position for the rest of the war. He was given this position just three days before the Battle of Gettysburg. As you should know the turning point of th Civil War was the Battle of Gettysburg and the General of that battle was none other than George Meade. He actually won the at Gettysburg in a position so new to him this all took place in July 1-3 1863. Gettysburg was actually some what of an axedant both armys were damaged and traveling and just ran into eachother then the battle busted out. Though Meade was the General of one of the most talked about battles he is not nearly as famous as any of the Generals before him. The fact is that he was critisized about letting Robert E. Lee excape. Its said that if he had pursued his army he could have ended the war right then and there. Then what if he faild he would be better known but for a great loss to the Union that could have been prevented. Though all together the successful victory of Gettysburg was his greatest accomplishment induring the war. So then in May 1864 Meade and the Potomac fought under the command of Gen. U. S. Grant through the Battle of the Wilderness, and then the ten month siege of Petersonburg, then on until the end of the war.
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After the Civil War under recommendation of Grant Meade was commissioned to Major General. Then he returned to Pennsylvania, where he was made commissioner of Fair Mount Park in Philadelphia. In 1868 when he was made govenor of the Third Military Distict in Atlanta Georgia he moved down there. All together he commanded several millitary corps after the war. Meade Died later on in Philadelphia 1872.

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Meade, George Gordon." Encyclopedia Americana. 2008. Grolier Online. 29 Feb. 2008 <http://ea.grolier.com/cgi-bin/article?assetid=0265170-00>.

Hassler, Jr., Warren W. "Meade, George Gordon." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. 2008. Grolier Online. 29 Feb. 2008 <http://gme.grolier.com/cgi-bin/article?assetid=0188680-0>.
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