Major General George G. Meade

Major General George G. Meade (HMB3U)

Location: Fort Meade, MD 20755 Anne Arundel County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 6.061', W 76° 44.34'

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Fort George G. Meade - United States Army

George Gordon Meade was born on December 31, 1815, during his parents' temporary residence in Cadiz, Spain. After arriving in the United States, he attended boarding schools in Philadelphia and Baltimore. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, in 1835.

Upon graduation, Meade was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and saw service in the Seminole and Mexican Wars. He was honored for bravery at the Battles of Monerey, Palo Alto, and Resca de la Palma. Promoted to First Lieutenant in 1857, he supervised the construction of lighthouses along the Atlantic coast.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Meade was appointed a Brigadier General of Volunteers and given command of a brigade. Severely wounded in the Peninsular Campaign, he recovered to fight at 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain and Antietam. He was promoted to Major General in November 1862 and commanded a Union corps at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. In July 1863, he led the Army of the Potomac to a decisive victory over Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. For the remainder of the war, Meade and General Grant traveled together.

After the war, Major General Meade commanded several military departments, includingthe Department of the South. In the fall of 1872, while still on active duty, he contracted pneumonia. On November 6, 1872 the "Hero of Gettysburg" died.

In 1917 the village of Admiral, Maryland and surrounding land was acquired for a military cantonment and named Camp Meade. In 1928, Camp Meade was made a permanent installation and the camp's name was changed to Fort Leonard Wood because there already existed a Camp Meade in South Dakota. Many Pennsylvania citizens, who considered General Meade a native son, protested the change in names. Therefore, a Pennsylvania Congressman attached a rider to the Defense Appropriation Bill of 1929, officially changing the post's name to Fort George Meade.
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Year Placed1997
Placed ByFort George G. Meade Museum
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 1:21am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 349626 N 4329426
Decimal Degrees39.10101667, -76.73900000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.061', W 76° 44.34'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 3.66" N, 76° 44' 20.40" W
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Area Code(s)301, 410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4543 English Ave, Fort Meade MD 20755, US
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