George W. Ackerly was born in New York City in 1844 to parents Horatio and Hannah Jane O’Reilly Ackerly. Prior to enlisting, he was a shoemaker. He enlisted in Sing Sing, New York on May 7, 1861 in Company F of the 17th New York Infantry. He mustered in as a Private on May 22, 1861. After six months, on December 10, 1863 in New York City, he reenlisted as a Private in Company A of the 1st Mounted Rifles Regiment, for a three-year period. He was promoted to Corporal on May 1, 1865. Designation of this unit was changed to the 4th Provisional Cavalry on September 6, 1865.
Throughout his service, he supposedly fought in Jacksonville, Carrsville, and Swift Creek - all in North Carolina. After receiving a wound in his left leg, he was honorably discharged on November 29, 1865 in City Point, Virginia.
He married Phebe (maiden name unknown) in 1865 and post-war was a farmer in North Castle. He had a son, Frank, was born in 1878. He became a member of the Grand Army of the Republic Post #169 in 1880 and eventually received an invalid’s pension on August 7, 1890. He died on April 25, 1916 in Mt. Pleasant, New York.
WPA location 8621. He is on page 10 of the North Castle Town Clerk's roster. New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, Unit History Project, 17th Infantry Regiment, page #1 shows a George Ackerly, Jr., but has him deserting on December 9, 1862 at a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, Unit History Project, 1st Mounted Rifles Regiment has a George Ackerly, page #1.