George Shane Phillips (1818-1865), Ohio Methodist minister and Civil War chaplain, author
of "American Republic and Human Liberty Foreshadowed in Scripture" (1864). He joined the
Methodist Episcopal Church when he was seventeen, and in 1840 attended Norwalk seminary; in
the fall of 1841, the North Ohio Conference appointed him to Richwood Circuit. In September
1843, Phillips was appointed Deacon, and in August 1847, the Elder of the North Ohio
Conference. In December 1851 he volunteered to join the newly organized Oregon-California
Mission Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was transferred there in January
1852, and spent the next ten years in Northern California, serving in San Francisco,
Stockton, Sacramento, and San Jose; from 1857 to 1861, he was Principal of Santa Clara
Female College. In 1861, Phillips resigned and returned to Ohio. From May 1863 to July 1864,
he served as chaplain of the 49th Regiment of Ohio. With his regiment, he was in the
Chickamauga (Georgia) Campaign, including the battle of Chickamauga (September 19-20), the
siege of Chattanooga, Tennessee (September 24 - November 23), the Chattanooga-Ringgold
Campaign (November 23-27) and Atlanta Campaign, including the battle of Resaca (May 14-15).
Also the advance on Dallas (May 22-25), and battles near Dallas, New Hope Church and
Allatoona Hills (May 25-June 5), and the operations about Marietta and Kennesaw Mountain
(June 10-July 2). In June 1864, Phillips was at a hospital, although he was able to follow
the regiment, then fighting about Marietta and Kennesaw Mountains. In July 1864, Phillips
resigned for reasons of disability and accepted the position of president of Colorado
Seminary (later the University of Denver). His failing health caused him to resign this post
and return to Ohio; he died March 30, 1865 at Brookdale, his home near Wooster, Ohio. In
September 1843, Phillips married Elizabeth Kauffman of Millbrook, Ohio; the couple had three
daughters, Frances Jane, Sarah Leora, and Miriam Elizabeth (Minnie). Minnie married Cary W.
Kauke (approximately 1849-), the couple settled in Wooster, Ohio, but in the 1880s moved to
Exeter, and then Tulare, California.
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