George W. Downer, enlisted in Company F, 11th PA Reserves as a Sergeant on June 20, 1861. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on December 6, 1862; days before the Battle of Fredericksburg. He survived to be mustered out of service with his regiment. He later re-enlisted in the 178th Pennsylvania Volunteers.
“George W. Downer was born March 20, 1823, and served in the war of the rebellion in the Eleventh Pennsylvania Reserves, and while attending a reunion of his company September 21, 1885, at Brookville, Pa., he fell into a stream and was drowned.”
Currently a resident of Burke, Virginia - I'm originally from the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I have been a student of the Pennsylvania Reserves since 1997 and thoroughly enjoy telling their story. By trade I'm a former IT Professional but presently working as a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service.