Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from Kevin Moriarty - great-grandson of John Moriarty who served with the 96th during the Civil War and whom I listed in an earlier column. Kevin has a family tree of the Moriarty family and tells me that it was never spelled "Monasty" as I had indicated. I also learned that John Moriarty had injured his right hand during his service and after the war served as commander of the E. W. Wing post of the G.A.R.

The Great Army of the Republic, or "GAR" as it was called was a veteran's organization created after the war for Union soldiers. It gave these men an opportunity to share their war experiences and renew the comradeship they had enjoyed during the war. The group also promoted voting rights for Afro-American veterans and became a de facto political arm of the Republican Party, helping past Union generals get elected to the Presidency. These included Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley.

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

Rowe, James Franklyn

Born Jan. 26, 1845 in Middletown, VT. Son of James and Maria (Davis). Enlisted in Johnsburg on Dec. 3, 1861 as a private in Co. G of the 93rd NY Volunteer Infantry. Discharged Oct. 30, 1862 in Detroit, Michigan for unknown reasons. Re-enlisted in Detroit in Co. B of the 17th Michigan Volunteers. Survived the war and discharged May 18, 1865.

Russell, Fletcher

Born in 1844 in Essex County, NY. Son of Ralph and Hegia (Dunbar). Served in Co. I of the 93rd NYVI. Died Jan. 4, 1865 in the 3rd Division Hospital and buried there.

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