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

A Night of Baseball!
August 25, 2022
from 7:05 pm

Phillies vs the Cincinnati Red at Citizens Bank Park

Octavius V. Catto Honor Ceremony
October 1, 2022
from 11:00 am

Annual Major Octaviius V. Catto Honor Ceremony

The Meade Society Annual Fall Excursion
October 8, 2022 - October 10, 2022
from All Day

The Meade Society Annual Fall Excursion to sites in Virginia and Washington D.C.

US Marine Corps Observance
November 10, 2022
from 11:00 am

US Marine Corps Birthday Observance at Laurel Hill Cemetery

General Meade Society Annual Brunch & Awards Ceremony
November 12, 2022
from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Annual Brunch and Awards Ceremony

Remembrance Day in Gettysburg
November 19, 2022
from 10:30 am

Remembrance Day in Gettysburg to honor all commanders and veterans of the battle

Annual General Meade Birthday Celebration
December 31, 2022
from 12:00 pm

Annual General Meade Birthday Celebration at Laurel Hill Cemetery