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George Washington Kirk
Born (1837-06-10)June 10, 1837
Died February 17, 1905(1905-02-17) (aged 67)
Place of birth Greene County, Tennessee
Place of death Gilroy, California
Allegiance Flag of the Confederate States of America (1861–1863).svg Confederate States of America
US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch Battle flag of the Confederate States of America.svg Confederate States Army
Flag of the United States Army (1775).gif United States Army
Years of service Confederate States of America 1861-62
United States 1862-65
Rank Union Army colonel rank insignia Colonel
Commands held 3rd North Carolina Mounted Infantry

American Civil War
Reconstruction era

George Washington Kirk was a soldier who served in American Civil War. Born and raised in Tennessee, he married Marie L. Jones in 1860. At the start of the war he served in the Confederate States Army, but his views were Unionist and he left the state to join the Union Army. Advancing to the rank of colonel, in 1864 he raised the 3rd North Carolina Mounted Infantry (Union) and led many raids into North Carolina.[1]

In 1870, Kirk was tasked by North Carolina Governor William Woods Holden to raise and lead a militia into North Carolina and North Carolina counties to quell the Ku Klux Klan. Though has was successful in breaking up Klan activity, none of the 100 men he arrested were charged by local authorities. In addition, the action led to his own brief arrest and the impeachment of Governor Holden.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Trelease, Allen W. (9 Nov 2000). Powell, William S.. ed. Dictionary of North Carolina Biography: Vol. 3, H-K. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 9780807867136. Retrieved 2018-08-21. 

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