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George S. Patton, Sr.
Born (1833-06-26)June 26, 1833
Died September 19, 1864(1864-09-19) (aged 31)
Place of birth Fredericksburg, Virginia
Place of death Winchester, Virginia
Buried at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Virginia
Allegiance  United States of America
 Confederate States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
 Confederate States Army
Years of service 1852-1861 (USA)
1861-1864 (CSA)
Rank Confederate States of America Colonel.png Colonel
Unit Virginia 22nd Virginia Infantry
Commands held Virginia 22nd Virginia Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War:
*Battle of Scary Creek
*Third Battle of Winchester
Relations Waller T. Patton (brother)
George S. Patton (grandson)

George S. Patton, Sr. was a Confederate Colonel during the American Civil War. He is famous for being the grandfather of World War II hero George S. Patton. He was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, graduated from Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Class of 1852, second in a class of 24. After graduation, George Smith Patton studied law and practiced in Charleston, Virginia (now West Virginia). When the American Civil War broke out, he served in the 22nd Virginia Infantry of the Confederate States of America. He was wounded at the Battle of Scary Creek in present-day West Virginia on July 17, 1861,[1] and later killed at the Battle of Opequon, also known as the Third Battle of Winchester. The Confederate Congress had promoted Colonel Patton to brigadier general; however, at the time, he had already died of battle wounds, so that promotion was never official. He was married to Susan Thornton Glassell. One of their grandsons was World War II hero George S. Patton.


George was the son of politician John Mercer Patton.[2] He had several brothers who also fought for the Confederacy, and one, Lt. Col. Waller T. Patton, another VMI graduate, was mortally wounded at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.[3]

Patton left behind a namesake son, born in Charleston, Virginia (now West Virginia). The second George Smith Patton (born George William Patton in 1856, changing his name to honor his late father in 1868) was one of four children. Graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1877, Patton's father served as Los Angeles County, California, District Attorney and the first City Attorney for the city of Pasadena, California and the first mayor of San Marino, California. He was a Wilson Democrat.

A younger Benjamin Davis Wilson ca. 1850



  • Richmond Daily Dispatch. Death of Colonel George Patton. October 3, 1864.

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