George Robert Scott was born on February
7, 1846 in Punchbowl, Australia [present day Sydney, New
South Wales]. His parents were George Scott a cabinet
maker and Grace Campbell McDougall. George Scott, Sr.
was a cabinet maker but moved with his family to
California to work in the gold fields, when George
Robert was only four years old.
George Robert Scott
enlisted as a Private in Company D, 3rd
California Infantry Volunteers briefly, on July 5, 1862
at Fort Gaston, California; serving only eight months.
The regiment was organized at Stockton
and at Benicia Barracks, from October 31 through
December 31, 1861 to serve an enlistment of three
attached to the Districts of California and Utah, Dept.
of the Pacific and did duty at Benicia Barracks until
July, 1862. Company "D" –though was sent to Fort Gaston
in the Humboldt District of California where it operated
against hostile Indians under Captains
Johns of Stockton,
Willard Kittredge from Ft.
Bridger, Wyoming Territory;
from October 1861 through August 1862. It was involved
in a skirmish at Light Prairie, near Arcata on August
21, 1862, then ordered to San Francisco on August 23rd,
to Stockton, California, then to Camp Union at
Sacramento, California on November 17th.
became disinterested with military life and as a
result he deserted the Infantry at Camp Union,
California on February 21, 1863; having served only
The Company, however, did duty there until June, 1863;
after which it was ordered to Camp Douglass, Utah and
rejoined the Regiment who had marched and fought their
way there, arriving in early June 1863.
At the expiration of the Regiment’s term
of service, the original members, except for veterans,
were mustered out and the veterans and recruits,
pursuant to S.O. No. 87, District of Utah, were
consolidated into a battalion of four companies; on
October 29, 1864. Afterwards it was known as the Third
Battalion of Infantry; comprising four companies, A, B,
C, and D. On December 9, 1865, however, Companies C and
D were again consolidated, leaving only three companies
in the battalion. The entire battalion was finally
mustered out July 27, 1866.
Upon deserting at Camp Union, Scott
returned to Australia in 1863 and after two years
married Susanah Bertha Lawson at Kempsey, New South
Wales in 1874. They had a daughter, Grace M. born in
1876. In 1878 though, Susanah died and Scott married
once again in Sydney, New South Wales in 1881, to Miss.
Louisa C. Crispin and they had three children; George C.
born in 1883, Cephas Norman born in 1884, Sylvia born in
1886 and Norman born in 1889.
Scott became a successful journalist and
newspaper owner but developed “pancreatic cancer” and
died at age 84 at the Prince Alfred Hospital in
Camperdown, New South Wales [Sydney] just nine years
after marrying Louisa; on October 13, 1890. He was
survived by his wife and five children, leaving an
estate valued at $6, 208 (Australian). George Robert
Scott was buried in the Presbyterian Section of the West
Kempsey Cemetery, in New South Wales, on October 16,
Even though his
service record, as recorded in the “Register of
California Men in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1867”
shows Scott “Deserted on Feb. 21, 1863 at Camp Union,
Ca.”, in 1994 a bronze plaque was obtained from the
American Veterans Administration in Washington DC by Mr.
Roy Parker and his associates; for placement on his
In his will George named his wife Louisa
as his sole heir. A codicil to his will named the Rev.
John Taylor of Kempsey, who presided over his funeral,
and Frederick Appleyard, an accountant, as co-executors
of his estate.
George Robert Scott is one of the
confirmed veterans of the American Civil War that was
actually born in Australia.
Birth, Marriage and Death Records, New
Bruce Cain, Macleay River Historical
Society, Kempsey, New South Wales
California State Archives
“Compendium of the War of the Rebellion”,
Frederick H. Dyer
Kempsey South Cemetery Records
"The Records of California Men in the
War of the Rebellion," Brigadier General
Richard H. Orton,
Adjutant-General, California, 1890.
Regimental Histories, 3rd