George W. Verrill was a twenty-one year old resident of Norway, Maine when on August 18,1862 he enlisted and was
mustered in as a Sergeant of Co. C 17th Maine Volunteer Infantry.  Verrill would remain in service with the hard fought 17th
Maine until the war’s end, rising through the ranks to Captain in command of Co. E of the Regiment.  After the Civil War,
Capt. Verrill would all his life continue his service in perpetuating the memory 17th Maine Infantry as he penned historic
accounts and spoke of his comrades in the old Regiment.  The wounds of battle were not simple observation for this Veteran, a
fading memory of a fellow struck down, but would remain as a continued realization as he carried the scars and disability of
his own wounding at the edge of the Wheatfield in the Battle of Gettysburg.  Along with his writing and talks on war time
observations, George Verrill carefully preserved relics of his own place with the Red Diamond Regiment.  His crimson
uniform sash, his private purchase Tiffany sword and his old Moore’s patent revolver with its holster both of which like their
owner carried evidence of a projectile strike. Also saved out by the old Veteran and eventually passing to his namesake and
great grandson, was a wartime group photo of the 17th Maine in the field.  Likely serving as a more frequent companion to the
aging Veteran was a crude hand cut walking stick with its bold GETTYSBURG inscribed grip.  Per family history whittled out
along with replacement grips for his battle damaged Moore revolver while Verrill was in recovery from his Gettysburg
wound.     
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