Welcome to the General Meade Society of Philadelphia


Major General


Civil War / Union


December 31, 1815 – November 6, 1872


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George Gordon Meade entered the U.S. Military Academy in 1831 and graduated 19th in a class of 56 members. He resigned in 1836 to pursue a career in civil engineering. In 1842 he rejoined the army and served in the Corps of Topographical Engineers in the construction of lighthouses and break­waters and in geodetic survey work. After the beginning of the Civil War in 1861 Meade, then a Captain, was made Brigadier General. In June 1863 George Gordon Meade was given command of the Army of the Potomac.

The General Meade Society is an active organization that meets regularly to discuss General Meade’s role in the Civil War, as well as other related topics, and contributes to Civil War preservation.

The Society’s board meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome! Membership in the Meade Society is open to all who are devoted to history and value patriotism. [Due to the Covid pandemic, meetings have been held online with Zoom.]

Visit the Membership page for information about joining the General Meade Society.

Upcoming Events

Major Octavius V. Catto Honor Ceremony
October 7, 2023
from 11:00 am

Honoring Major Octavius Catto in Philadelphia

General Meade Society Fall Excursion "'The Hudson Valley & The Roosevelts"'
October 21, 2023 - October 23, 2023
from All Day

Annual Fall Excursion to the Hudson Valley, Roosevelt Estate and West Point

U.S Marine Corps Birthday Observance
November 10, 2023
from 11:00 am

Marine Corps Birthday Observance at Laurel Hill Cemetery

General Meade Society Annual Champagne Brunch & Awards Ceremony
November 12, 2023
from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Annual Brunch and Awards Ceremony at the Cannstatter Volksfest Verein

Remembrance Day in Gettysburg
November 18, 2023
from 10:00 am

Honoring General Meade, his Generals and veterans of the Battle of Gettysburg

Annual General Meade Birthday Celebration
December 31, 2023
from 12:00 pm

Annual General Meade Birthday Celebration at Laurel Hill Cemetery