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Major George Hooker Treadwell, U.S.V.

Among Albany's numerous population there is no one man more popular or more widely known among them than George Hooker Treadwell. Generous in heart, active by nature, and endowed with a spirit to help every public enterprise, or give a hand of succor to a friend or comrade, Mr. Treadwell is well in the fore of Albany merchants and in the esteem of the citizens. In fire department and military matters his name is closely allied. Then, too, he is a prominent Mason. Being initiated in Temple Lodge, he soon took all the degrees in Free and Accepted Masonry, and then was received in the Scottish Rite bodies, holding offices in each of the various orders he went through; is .also an Odd Fellow, member of Clinton Lodge, No. 7. During the old volunteer fire department days he served his time in the fire department, being attached to Tivoli hose and hook-and-ladder truck No. i. While he liked the life of a fireman, it did not suit his tastes so well as that of a soldier. His record during the war demonstrated clearly his peculiar fitness for a military life. In April, 1861, at the age of twenty-four, Major Treadwell made his advent into the militia by joining the Washington Continentals, Company B. Then he enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirteenth Regiment New York State Volunteers (changed to the Seventh Regiment New York Volunteer Artillery in December, 1862), August 2, 1862, and on the same day was appointed sergeant-major. His martial appearance, being well proportioned, six feet and half an inch tall and as straight as an arrow,-together with his quick insight into the requirements of military life, quickly threw him in the line of promotion, and on November 1, 1862, he was promoted to second lieutenant, and to first lieutenant August io following. February 15, 1864, found him a captain, and on March 13, 1865, he was brevetted major of the United States Volunteers. Major Treadwell served as aide-de-camp on the staff of Colonel Morris, commander of the Second Brigade, Haskins's Division, in the defences of Washington north of the Potomac, from November 1, 1862, to August, 1863, and as assistant adjutant-general from August, 1863, until March, 1864, when he was assigned to command of Battery M, Seventh New York Volunteer Artillery. He was also detailed as inspector of the Fourth Brigade, First Division, Second Corps, June 4, 1864, and served thereon until in August following. On reporting from sick leave at Annapolis, Maryland, Major Treadwell was detailed as assistant provost-marshal, and subsequently as adjutant at Camp Parole, Maryland, until honorably discharged January 3, 1865.

Major Treadwell was in the following battles: River Po, May 19, 1864; Milford Station, May 21, 1864; North Anna, May 23; Bridge, May 27, 1864; Tolopotomy Creek, May 29 and 31, 1864; Cold Harbor, June 3, and siege, June 4 to 16, 1864; Petersburg, June 16 to 19, 1864.

Major Treadwell was appointed captain and quartermaster of the Ninth Brigade, Third Division, National Guard, State of New York, May 9, 1867; major and inspector of the same brigade on June 10 following, and served until November, 1871, under the command of Brigadier-General D. M. Woodhall.

An effort was made to get Major Treadwell back into the National Guard October 23, 1873, when he was elected lieutenant-colonel of the Tenth Regiment, but he declined. Since the organization of the Grand Army of the Republic, Major Treadwell has been an active member. Joining Lew Benedict Post, No. 5, early in its history, he was transferred to Lewis O. Morris Post, No. 121, on September 2, 1870, and was elected its first commander. He served two terms, and resigned September 19, 1871. In 1878 he was re-elected commander, and served as such for nine consecutive terms. He was appointed assistant quartermaster-general, department of New York, G. A. R., under John Palmer, department commander, and also served one term as junior vice-commander of this department. As aide-de-camp on the national commander's staff in 1882 and 1883, was elected commander of Department of New York, and served as such one term.

Major Treadwell is a native of Albany, having been born within its precincts on May 10, 1837. He is married. The firm of which he is a member and president and general manager-George C. Treadwell Company-is not only one of the oldest and most reputable of its kind in this country, but is known in Europe as well as in this country. The house was started in Albany in 1832 by George C. Treadwell, father of the subject of our sketch. The firm's business is as furriers, and it conducts a large branch house in New York City and Newark, New Jersey.

Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419 pgs.

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