Gilbert Van Zandt

Gilbert Van Zandt (HMIIO)

Location: Port William, OH 45164 Clinton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 33.134', W 83° 47.186'

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Port William is the birthplace of Gilbert Van Zandt, quite possibly the youngest enlistee in the Union Army during the Civil War. Born on December 20, 1851, "Little Gib" joined the ranks of Company D, 79th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at the age of ten years, seven months, and sixteen days. Barely four feet tall, Van Zandt served initially as the company's drummer boy, and later as a courier for the regiment. Distinguished for his bravery under fire, young Gilbert saw action in the battles for Atlanta, Sherman's March to the Sea, and the Carolina Campaign. He was discharged from service on June 9, 1865, already a seasoned veteran at thirteen. Van Zandt died in Kansas City, Missouri on October 4, 1944 at the age of ninety-two.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number3-14
Year Placed1999
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Port William Dam City Days Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 8:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 260586 N 4381770
Decimal Degrees39.55223333, -83.78643333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 33.134', W 83° 47.186'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 33' 8.04" N, 83° 47' 11.16" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 227-239 Main St, Port William OH 45164, US
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