George Crockett Strong Edit Profile
He attended Union College, but left for the U.S. Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1857.
He served as an ordnance officer with the rank of lieutenant on the staff of General McDowell at the First Battle of Bull Run. He later served on the staffs of Generals George B. McClellan and Benjamin Butler. "Cadet Life at West Point by an Officer of the United States Army" (Boston: TOHP Burnham, 1862), although published anonymously, is attributed to Strong.
Strong commanded an expedition sent from Ship Island against Biloxi, Mississippi, in April 1862, and another sent against Ponchatoula, and was commissioned brigadier general of volunteers in November 1862. He was wounded on July 18, 1863, while leading the assault against Fort Wagner on Morris Island, South Carolina, and died of tetanus in New York City. He posthumously received a commission as major general, dated from the day of the battle.
Strong is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, and they have a monument to his memory. Fort Strong, a U.S. Coast Artillery fort at the northern end of Deer Island in Boston Harbor, was named after him in 1899. Strong was portrayed by Jay O. Sanders in the film Glory (1989).