Facts and Events
Medal of Honor Citation
"Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company C, 15th Indiana Infantry. Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., 25 November 1863. Entered service at: Allen County, Ind. Birth: ------. Date of issue: 28 September 1897. Citation: As color bearer, led his regiment in the assault, and, though wounded, carried the flag forward to the enemy's works, where he was again wounded. In a brigade of 8 regiments this flag was the first planted on the parapet."
1840 Federal Census, Lake County, Ohio 
Orin Banks head of household.
White males: less than 5 yrs (2), 5-10 (1), 10-15 (3), 30-40 (1)
White females 5-10 (1), 30-40 (1)
(4) in household engaged in agriculture.
Notes on 1840 Census
George would be one of the males of less than 5 years old.
1850 Federal Census, Center Township, LaPorte County, Indiana 
6 45 45 Orrin Banks, 47, M, Farmer, b. New York
7 45 45 Olive Banks, 46, F, b. New York
8 45 45 Wm A. Banks, 14, M, b. New York, Attended school
9 45 45 George L. Banks, 11, M, b. Ohio, Attended school
10 45 45 Nathaniel Banks, 5, M, b. Ohio, Attended school
11 45 45 Sarah L. Banks, 1, F, b. Indiana
12 45 45 Elizabeth Franklin, 20, F, b. New York
13 45 45 Margaret Franklin, 18, F, b. New York
1860 Federal Census, Hobart Township, Lake County, Indiana 
1 296 296 Olive Banks, 55, F, Farmer, Real Estate: $2400, Personal Estate: $1000, b. New York
2 296 296 George Banks, 20, M, Farmer, Personal Estate: $75, b. Ohio, Attended school
3 296 296 Nathanal Banks, 14, M, b. Ohio, Attended school
4 296 296 Sarah Banks, 12, F, b. Indiana, Attended school
Notes on 1860 Census
George is living here with his mother and younger siblings. His brothers Parley, William, Elisha and Morgan were also living nearby (p.32, p.41, p.42, and p.49 respectively).
1870 Federal Census, Hobart Township, Lake County, Indiana 
33 118 124 Banks George L., 30, M, white, Farmer, Personal Estate: $2800, b. Ohio, male citizen over 21
34 118 124 Banks Olive W., 27, F, white, Keeping House, b. Vermont
35 118 124 Banks William N., 4, M, white, at home, b. Indiana
36 118 124 Banks Charles B., 3, M, white, at home, b. Indiana
1880 Federal Census, Fawn Creek Township, Montgomery County, Kansas 
46 71 71 Banks George L., white, M, 40, Married, Farmer, b. Ohio, father b. NY, mother b. NY
47 71 71 Banks Olive W., white, F, 37, Wife, Married, Keeping House, b. Vermont, father b. VT, mother b. VT
48 71 71 Banks Wm N., white, M, 15, Son, Single, Works on farm, Attended school, b. Indiana, father b. OH, mother b. VT
49 71 71 Banks Charles B., white, M, 13, Son, Single, Works on farm, Attended school, b. Indiana, father b. OH, mother b. VT
50 71 71 Banks Arthur A., white, M, 6, Son, Single, at school, Attended school, b. Kansas, father b. OH, mother b. VT
1 71 71 Keller Clara, white, female, 19, Boarder, Single, School Teacher, b. Iowa, father b. —, mother b. —
1880 Census Detail, p.219C
1880 Census Detail, p.219D
1900 Federal Census, Independence Township, Montgomery County, Kansas 
97 237 237 Banks George, Head, white M, b. Oct 1839, 60, Married 35y, b. Ohio, Father b. NY, Mother b. NY, Farmer, can read, write, speak English, owns farm clear, farm schedule No. 229
98 237 237 Banks Olive W., Wife, white F, b. Aug 1842, 57, Married 35y, mother of 3 living children, b. Vermont, Father b. VT, Mother b. VT
99 237 237 Banks Arthur A., Son, white M, b. Dec 1873, 26, Single, b. Kansas, Father b. OH, Mother b. VT, Farmer, can read, write, speak English
100 237 237 Chandler Thomas, Father In-law, white M, b. Oct 1811, 88, Widower, b. Vermont, Father b. NH, Mother b. NH
1910 Federal Census, Independence City, Montgomery County, Kansas 
417 N. 5th Street
44 9 9 Banks Geo L, Head, white M, 70, Married 5y, b. Ohio, Father b. NY, Mother b. NY, speaks Eng., Inspector? Refined Oils, currently working, unemployed in 1909, can read & write, owns house clear, Union Army
45 9 9 Banks Helen J, Wife, white F, 56, Married 5y, mother of 2 living children, b. Michigan, Father b. NJ, Mother b. NY, speaks Eng., no work, can read & write
1920 Federal Census, Independence City, Montgomery County, Kansas 
417 N. 5th Street
40 129 157 Banks George L., Head, owns house clear, white M, 80, Married, can read & write, b. Ohio, Father b. NY, Mother b. NY, speaks Eng., no work
41 129 157 Banks Helen J., Wife, white F, 66, Married, can read & write, b. Michigan, Father b. NJ, Mother b. NY, speaks Eng., no work
42 129 157 Patterson Anna, Lodger, white F, 58, Single, can read & write, b. Iowa, Father b. Scotland, mother tongue Scotch, Mother b.Scotland, mother tongue Scotch, speaks Eng., High School Teacher on salary
George died at 12:10 A.M. on Wednesday, 20 August 1924 in his home at 417 5th Street, Independence, Kansas. He was 84 years old.
- For pictures of George Banks with his family, see: The George and Olive Banks Family Page.
The regimental colors of the 15th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.
George Banks in his study.
- George L. Banks — Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written by William E. Connelley. KSGenWeb Project.
- George L. Banks (alternate transcript) — Transcribed from History of Montgomery County, Kansas, By Its Own People, published by L. Wallace Duncan, Iola, Kansas, 1903.
- George Lovell Banks — Kansas And Its Surnames blog. Dennis Segelquist.
- Honor at Missionary Ridge, 15th Indiana Regiment Infantry — Battle Flag collection, Indiana War Memorial, State of Indiana
- George Lovell Banks — Find A Grave
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 George Lovell Banks (1839 - 1924) - Find A Grave Memorial, in Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #6403758.
- ↑ George L. Banks entry: Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients, in U.S. Army Center of Military History. Medal of Honor.
- George L. Banks entry, in Connelley, William E. A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans. (Chicago, IL and New York, NY, USA: Lewis Publishing, 1918, 1919), Volume 4, pages 1840-1841.
— read transcript of George L. Banks entry.
- George L. Banks entry, in History of Montgomery County, Kansas: by its own people...containing sketches of our pioneers - revealing their trials and hardships in planting civilization in this county - biographies of their worthy successors, and containing other information of a character valuable as reference to the citizens of the county. (Iola, Kansas: L. Wallace Duncan, 1903), pages 468-470.
- ↑ Madison Township, Lake County residents, in Lake, Ohio, United States. 1840 U.S. Census Population Schedule, page 140.
- ↑ Center Township, La Porte County residents, in LaPorte, Indiana, United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule, page 244B, 31 Aug 1850.
- ↑ Hobart Township, Lake County residents, in Lake, Indiana, United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule, page 43, 30 Jun 1860.
- ↑ Hobart Township, Lake County residents, in Lake, Indiana, United States. 1870 U.S. Census Population Schedule, page 14, 18 Jul 1870.
- ↑ Fawn Creek Township, Montgomery County residents, in Montgomery, Kansas, United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule, pages 219C and 219D, 7 Jun 1880.
- ↑ Independence Township, Montgomery County residents, in Montgomery, Kansas, United States. 1900 U.S. Census Population Schedule, page 221B, 25 Jun 1900.
- ↑ Independence City, Ward 1, Montgomery Kansas residents, in Montgomery, Kansas, United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule, page 1A, 15 Apr 1910.
- ↑ Independence City, Ward 1, Montgomery Kansas residents, in Montgomery, Kansas, United States. 1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule, page 6A, 9 Jan 1920.
- George L. Banks entry — Biographical Section, in Portrait and biographical album of Hillsdale County, Mich: containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of the state, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1888), page 554.
— read transcript of George L. Banks entry
- Passo, Sam, and Bill J. Crane. The First Flag on the Summit: History of the 15th Indiana Civil War Regiment. (Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse, 2008), pages 140-141.
- George L. Banks entry, in United States Congress. Senate. List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883: Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for which Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, and the Rate of Pension. (Baltimore, Maryland), Volume 4, page 665.
- Chapter on 15th Indiana Infantry Regiment, in McCormick, David Isaac, and Indiana Battle Flag Commission. Indiana Battle Flags: and a Record of Indiana Organizations in the Mexican, Civil and Spanish-American Wars. (Indianapolis, Indiana, 1929), pages 113-124.
- Downey, Fairfax. Storming Of The Gateway: Chattanooga, 1863. (New York: David McKay Company Inc., 1960), pages 183–184, 1960.
- Indiana. Adjutant General's Office. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana. (Indianapolis, Indiana, 1865-1869), Volume IV, page 295, 1866.
- William N. Banks entry, in Blackmar, Frank Wilson. Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. (Chicago [Illinois]: Standard Pub. Co., c1912), Volume 3, Issue 1, pages 294–295, 1912.
- Merrill, Catharine. The soldier of Indiana in the war for the Union. (Indianapolis, Indiana: Merrill and Company, 1869), page 478, 1869.
- Paint, Oil and Drug Review. (Chicago, Illinois: D. Van Ness Pub. Co.), Volume 37, no. 3, page 16, 20 Jan 1904.
- Journal for 1908, in Dean, Bennett Luther. Bennett Luther Dean Personal Journals, 1902-1921, 1908.
• Friday, August 28 — "Fine day. When I came home to night I found the house occupied. Anna and the baby came home and Anna had received a card from her Aunt Helen that she and her Hubby and daughter would be in Detroit and would make her a visit this afternoon. So Anna came home and worked like a beaver to straighten up the house and they came and staid about 5 minutes then went on to Pontiac. They belong in Independense [sic] Kansas."
• Monday, August 31 — "... Annas Aunt Helen and cousin Belle from Independence Kansas came this evening."
• Tuesday, September 1 — "Cool, threatening, sprinkled. Aunt Helen and Belle here to day. Mr. Banks came about supper time, he has been attending the soldiers encampment at Toledo Ohio. Mr Banks is Aunt Helens second husband and this is the first time we have seen him."
• Wednesday, September 2 — "Quite cool. We all had breakfast at 5-30 this morning and the Banks started immediately for the Depot on their journey home and I for my daily routine of work. Belle H. is here visiting as fast as a horse can trot."
- Helm, Thomas B. History of Allen County, Indiana: with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers : to which is appended maps of its several townships and villages. (Chicago: Kingman Brothers, 1880), page 65, 1880.
George L. Banks listed under privates in Company C, 15th Indiana Infantry with the note "promoted First Sergeant."