George Washington Sanders, Company K, 5th Mississippi

George Washington Sanders of Carthage, Miss. enlisted in his uncle Zachariah Booth’s Scotland Guards at age 21 as a private. He was mustered in July 23, 1861, at Laurel Hill, MS, in Co. K, 5th Miss. He was ill and both in hospital or furloughed several times during the war, in 1862, 1863 and 1864. He returned to duty after August, but was captured Nov. 30, 1864 at Franklin and sent to Louisville, KY on Dec. 2, 1864. From there he was sent to Camp Douglas, Ill., on Dec. 4, 1864. On March 28, 1865, he died at Camp Douglas of pleurisy. G.W. was buried in Block 3 of the Chicago, Ill. city cemetery in grave 1017.

His first cousin, David W. Sanders, had been captured earlier in 1864 and died in September at Camp Douglas. He is buried in Block 2 of the City Cemetery in Chicago. Their names are together, however, on the Confederate Monument to those who died at Camp Douglas.

G.W. was the son of Burton Jackson Sanders, my great-great grandfather. Four of his brothers served. Only one survived the war. Seven cousins served and three survived. He never married and had no direct descendants.

Submitted by Tedra Ulmer [johneaglewoman@gmail.com]

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