George R. Cutler was born in 1841 in Exeter, New Hampshire.
1863: Boston, Massachusetts (military enlistment)
During the Civil War he served as a Private in Company A of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army, the second regiment in the United States made up entirely of enlisted men of color. He was about 22 years old, married and working as a hostler when he enlisted on 6 March 1863 in Boston, Massachusetts. Mustered out 20 August 1865 with his regiment.
Starting 28 August 1863, he is on extra duty as a teamster by Special Order No. 91.
He passed away in 1898 and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan, Massachusetts.
Middle initial is A. or R. Consistently R. in all Company A Remarks.
There are seven George Cutlers in the 1870 Boston, Massachusetts city directory. Tracking him down is proving difficult.
Our George is not the George A. Cutler, child of Annie Skillings and Nathaniel Cutler of Exeter, New Hampshire who passed in 1864. Could he be John G. Cutler, child of Ann and Rufus Cutler of Exeter, New Hampshire? Find a Grave reveals the G. to stand for Garrison.
↑ and the first with federal recognition; the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry regiment was against the wishes of the Secretary of War and filled only six companies, but did see action a full year before the 54th