I am the great great grandson of George Washington Ludington. He was captured at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5, 1864 after having served in Company F, 7th Pennsylvania Reserves. It claims that he was missing in action, but as a boy, I saw a diary that he kept and he wrote in this diary the towns thathe walked through after the battle such as Orange Courthouse and Danville, VA. The records show him as a prisoner at Andersonville and his release date. He was actually from New York and worked on the canal as a boatman prior to his enlistment. Hence he moved along the canal and eventually enlisted in the 7th Pennsylvania Reserves. He married a girl of German parentage and she received a small pension after his death in 1871 in Duchess County, NY. He was the great grandson of Isola Ludington of Fishkill, NY. She rode to warn the regiment of the impending arrival of the British. Their only daughter married Otto LaDue, a hat maker in Mattewan, NY. They had many children and my Grandmother Elsie LaDue spoke of him to me when I was a child and showed me the diary. There were tin types of that family including him, but I have no idea where they are or where the diary ended up as he must have kept it on him in prison. I have a cousin who has some knowledge of him, but would greatly appreciate any other information that would enlighten me to his career. He died of disease from being in prison, most likely consumption because he did return to work for a short time after he came home. The federal government provided a gravestone for his unmarked grave some time after his death.
7th PA Reserves