Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

Many have heard of the 1st Battle of Bull Run. It was the first major battle in the war and quickly dispelled any notions that this conflict would soon be resolved. The 2nd Battle of Bull Run, however, fought 13 months later on the same battlefield, was far bloodier. Taking the brunt of the advance of Hood's Division, the 22nd took horrific losses. Nineteen of their 24 officers present were either killed or wounded. In total, the 22nd NY lost 180 killed, wounded or missing out of 379 engaged. Fighting was so fierce that it is reported that when Company B ran out of bullets they began throwing stones at the enemy. Among the boys in blue killed that day was Nelson Ross of Johnsburg.

In preparation for my September 2011 Tannery Pond Community Center Presentation I'd appreciate hearing if you have any pictures, diaries or information on the men in this week's column or from prior columns. Please contact me at 215-3009 or pearsall.glenn@gmail.com. Glenn L. Pearsall

Rist, John C.

Born April 6, 1843 in Johnsburg, son of William and Nancy (Perkins). Enlisted Aug. 27, 1862 at age 19 in Johnsburg for three years as a private in Co. E of the 96th. Survived the war and discharged Jan. 28, 1865.

Ross, Jacob

Born in 1844 in Johnsburg, son of John and Betsey (Galusha). Served in Co. E of the 22nd NY Volunteer Infantry. Died of wounds, possibly suffered at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, on Oct. 12, 1862 at Smoketown Hospital and buried there.

Ross, James W.

Born 1840 in Johnsburg, Jacob's older brother. Served in Co. C of the 93rd. I assume he survived the war, but do not have discharge information.

Ross, Nelson

Brother to Jacob and James. Served in Co. E of the 22 with his brother Jacob. Killed at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run on Aug. 30, 1862 and buried near the battlefield.

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