George Corbin of Menomonee, Mich., and a member of G. A. R. Post Lyon, NO. 266, was born March 17, 1838, in Florence, Erie Co., Ohio, his parents, Orin and Chloe (Parker) Corbin, respectively of New York and in both lines of descent he comes of patriotic stock, his ancestors having furnished assistants in establishing the Government Revolution and in substantiating independence in 1812. He was educated in the common schools and trained in the business of a farmer until he was 17 years old, when he came to Wisconsin and located at Oconto. His employment was that common to that section of Wisconsin and he operated as a saw-mill hand and lumberman in which he was occupied until the autumn of 1861 when he determined to enlist. He enrolled in October in Company F, 12th Wisconsin Infantry at Oconto for three years and he received honorable discharge at Chattanooga, Tenn., at its expiration in October 1864.
The company in which Mr. Corbin was enrolled was named the "River Sackers", a term which sufficiently demonstrates its character, as it was composed chiefly of men inured to the severest labor and to all sorts of exposure and hardship. He left the State with his command in January following his enlistment, the regiment being the largest that had then gone to the front from Wisconsin. It was a regiment of which the State was justly proud and amply sustained its prospective record. The 12th was ordered to Fort Leavenworth, Kans., enduring the rigors of a severe winter en route and in mid-January, passed a night without protection from cold of 20 degrees below zero on the banks of the Mississippi River. In a month they arrived at Leavenworth and in March started for Fort Scott, a march of 160 miles, and went thence to Lawrence, and to Fort Riley. Events made their journey vain and they returned to Leavenworth in May.
Their next remove was to St. Louis, and to Columbus, Ky., and there they engaged in repairing the railroad, whence they went to Union City, and Humboldt, Tenn. There a part of the command was mounted on horses that had been secured while searching for bushwhackers, and the work performed at that point by the command was of great service in more than one direction. In October the regiment went to Pocahontis as reserve in the fight at Hatchie, and afterwards went to Bolivar, Tenn. In November they were assigned to the Army of the Mississippi under Grant and moved southward. They were in a reconnoitering expedition and captured a considerable number of prisoners and were in motion through that month and December. The next removal was to Moscow, and thence to La Fayette, Collinsville, and Memphis where they arrived in March. They performed reserve duty until the middle of May when they started for Vicksburg and took position in the trenches there, where they remained during the siege. They were engaged at Jackson within a few days, and when Sherman's command was organized for the march to Atlanta they were assigned to the 17th Corps under General Blair. They were in the several actions included in the general term battle of Kennesaw Mountain and fought at Big Shanty. They were engaged at Bald Hill where they did some of the heaviest fighting of the war, losing more than a fourth of the command (including five color bearers) within fifteen minutes. A week later the regiment was engaged in the siege of Atlanta, and later on at Jonesboro, which was the last battle in which Mr. Corbin fought. The veterans who re-enlisted took their furloughs and the non-veterans went to Chattanooga, where their connection with the military history of the Government, and their State ceased.
He returned to Oconto and resumed the business of a lumberman and, soon after, was made foreman of the sawmill of Jones & Collins. In the spring of 1885 be removed to Menomonee to take a position in the employ of the Kirby Carpenter Lumber Company. He is now the filer, a situation in which skill and judgment is a consideration. A brother of Mr. Corbin's, Jude, was a member of Company B, 3rd Ohio Cavalry, and fought through the war.
In March, 1868, he was married to Henrietta Warner. Their children
are named Charles and Mary. Mrs. Corbin was born in the State of New York,
the daughter of Lucius and Paulina (Putnam) Warner. Her sister's husband,
Harry Mathews, enlisted from Illinois.