George Hume Steuart was born August 24, 1828 in Baltimore, MD. He was always fiercely loyal to his native Maryland. He entered the US Military Academy at West Point on July 1, 1844. He graduated 37th in his class in July 1848 and was given a commission as a brevet 2nd lieutenant in the 2nd US Dragoons. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant of the same unit in November 1849.
Steuart was heavily involved in post-Mexican War Indian campaigns in Texas. He served at various forts until he was promoted to 1st lieutenant on March 3, 1855 and transferred to the 1st US Cavalry. He was made captain on December 20, 1855. Subsequently, he was involved in several western expeditions. First, he was dispatched against the Cheyenne in 1856 and from 1857-1858, he was on expedition in Utah against the Mormons. Afterwards, he was sent to Fort Riley with Company K, 1st Cavalry. On October 7, 1859 Steuart departed for the relief of Lieutenant Long's company.
Steuart's service at Camp on Pawnee Fork did not last long. On November 21, 1859, he received from orders Department Headquarters,
The rest of Steuart's military career is very well documented. When the South seceded from the Union, the State of
George Steuart was promoted to Brigadier General in March 1862 and commanded three
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