Colonel George E. Bryant.

From The United States Biographical Dictionary, Pg. 150, 151

        GEORGE E. BRYANT was born February 11, 1832, at Templeton, Worcester county, Massachusetts. His father was George W. Bryant, his mother Eunice Norcross. He was educated at Norwich University in the same class with General Dodge and General Ransom, and went through the full course of studies. He preferred the profession of the law, and after leaving the University he read law with the Hon. Amasa, Norcross at Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and was admitted to the bar in 1856 at Worcester, Massachusetts, and shortly after moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and formed a partnership in the practice of his profession with Myron H. Orton, which he continued until 1861. In religion he is a Unitarian; in politics first a Whig, afterwards a Republican. He was captain of the Madison Guards in 1860 - the first company to offer their services to the government at the commencement of the rebellion. This company served five-months in the First Wisconsin Regiment, at the termination of which the company was mustered out of service and Captain Bryant returned home, and was shortly afterward commissioned colonel of the 12th Wisconsin Regiment, with which lie went to the Indian Territory, marching across the plains west of Fort Riley. Returning they descended the Mississippi River to Columbus; thence by railroad to Corinth, where they joined General Grant's army. From this place they marched to Memphis; thence below Holly Springs, thence to Vicksburg, where they engaged in the siege of that place.
        After the siege they marched to Jackson and engaged in a fight with Joe Johnson; thence they marched to Natchez, thence to Harrisonburg, Louisiana; thence back to Vicksburg. During the ensuing winter the regiment reenlisted as veterans and returned home on furlough. The furlough having expired they returned to Cairo, ascended the Tennessee River to Ashton, Alabama, crossed the mountains to Rome, Georgia, and joined Sherman's army in the mountains.
        This regiment was in all of the engagements preceding the battle of Atlanta on the 22d of July. Colonel Bryant commanded the 1st brigade of the 3d division of the 7th army corps at the battle of Bald Hill, one of the severest engagements during the war. General Sherman gave to this brigade the credit of saving the army from destruction. This regiment was on the celebrated Meridian march and went with Sherman to the sea. Upon their return to Louisville, Kentucky, they were discharged from the service.
        Upon Colonel Bryant's return to Wisconsin he retired to his farm near Madison and is engaged in raising fine blooded stock, especially horses and cattle. He was elected county judge in 1866 -- again in 1870, and again in 1874. In the latter year he was also elected State senator.
        He was in married on the 27th day of September, 1858, to Miss Susie A. Gibson, whose ancestors were the first settlers in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. They were participants in the war of the revolution, and had previously fought the Indians. His ancestors were Irish, and came to this country shortly after the landing of the Pilgrims. They also were engaged in the revolutionary struggle. Some of them lived on the road between Lexington and Concord, and were exposed to great annoyance from the British soldiery.
        While Judge Bryant has not been distinguished as a warrior, a statesman, or an orator, he has been intelligent and efficient as a legislator, a judge and a citizen. He is a kind neighbor, an affectionate father and a loving husband; the result, doubtless, of a devoted wife whose hallowing influence over the domestic circle is perceived and felt by all who enter it.

[His judge picture found in From The United States Biographical Dictionary, Pg. 152]

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RG98S-CWP 160.106
Sitting view of Col. George E. Bryant, 12th Regt., Wisc. Vol. Inf.

U. S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Pa. 17013


        Gen. George Edwin Bryant of Madison, lawyer (b. Templeton, now Baldwinsville, Mass., Feb. 11, 1832), son of George Washington and Eunice (Norcross) Bryant of Templeton, Mass. and Fitzwilliam, N. H., and descendant of Abraham and Mary (Kendall) Bryant, residents in Reading (Wakefield), Mass. in 1664 (Gen. George; George Washington v b. Feb. 22, 1800; Nathan iv of Templeton, a revolutionary soldier; Thomas iii of Concord, Mass.; Thomas ii of Reading; Abraham i); also descendant of Roger Chandler, of Concord in 1658, said to be gr. son, on the maternal side, of James Chilton, the Mayftower puritan in 1620, see note under 116.
        Gen. Bryant m. Sept., 1858, Susan Ann Gibson b. Fitchburg, Jan. 22, 1835. He was a student Norwich univ. (then Norwich, Vt.) 1850-1854, the university L. L. D. 1897; since removing to Madison in 1856 he has held many important offices--alderman 1861, county judge (Dane county) 1865, 1869 and 1873, senator 1874, q. m. general 1875-1881, postmaster 1882-1886 and 1890-1894, representative since 1898.
        He was a soldier in the civil war--on Jan. 9, 1861, the day of the withdrawal of South Carolina from the Union, Capt. Bryant offered the services of himself and his company (Madison Guards), enlisted Ap. 17 and mustered May 17, 1861, capt., co. E (Madison Guards), 1st reg. Wis. vol. infantry (three months' service), mustered out Aug. 21, 1861; commissioned Sept. 27, 1861, col., 12th reg. Wis. vol. infantry, served as brigade commander in 1863 and 1864, mustered out Nov. 6, 1864; later made brigadier general.

* Hattie Eunice Bryant b. Madison, June 29, 1859; unm.
* George Edwin Bryant of Madison b. Madison, Nov. 27, 1861;
            m. Ap. 2, 1898, Christine Cecelia Begler (b. Madison, Oct. 7, 1866), dau. of Lt. Henry and
            Cecelia (Wickart) Begler.
*Frank Henry Bryant of Madison b. Madison, Mar. 31, 1866; unm.

John Gibson and His Descendants, Page 469
Author: Mehitable Calef Coppenhagen Wilson
Call Number: CS71.G45

Two more pictures of Colonel George Bryant


Both are from the Wisconsin Historical Society, Call # PH 1560