Young Manxman George Gelling was orphaned at age 16 in 1856 and came to America, first New Orleans, then Charleston. He’s the first soldier I’ve come upon from the Isle of Man, so here’s their flag in his honor.

George, a Private in Company H of the Hampton Legion Infantry, was in action as a skirmisher on South Mountain, then wounded and captured at Sharpsburg in September 1862. He was elected a 2nd Lieutenant in the 27th South Carolina Infantry in February 1864, but on 16 June of that year was mortally wounded at Petersburg, VA and died the same day.

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