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Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

During the war many brothers and cousins would enlist together and serve together in the same units. A famous recruiting poster of the times reads, "Enlist today in the 69th Infantry. Go to the Front with your Friends. Don't be Drafted into some regiment where you don't know anyone". There certainly was comfort in facing enemy fire when standing shoulder to shoulder with people from home. Unfortunately, all serving in the same units often meant two or three men from the same town or family would be killed together on the same day on the same battlefield.

If you have any pictures, diaries or information on the men listed below, or from past lists in this column, please contact me at 215-3009 or pearsall.glenn@gmail.com.

Glenn L. Pearsall

Dunn, Joseph Reynolds

Born Mar. 23, 1829 in North Castle, Westchester County, NY, son of Joseph Dunn and his wife Jerustra (Lewis). Enlistment records indicate that Joseph was a shoemaker when he enlisted in Johnsburg on Feb. 16, 1864 for three years in Co. H, 96th NY Volunteer Infantry. In one of the many ironies of this tragic war, Joseph was discharged 11 months later after having his left foot amputated. I do not know if he lost that leg due to a battle injury or as a result of disease.

Dunn, William H.

Born in 1827 to Joseph and Jerustra Dunn, Joseph R. Dunn's older brother served with him in Co. H, 96th NY Volunteer Infantry.

Eldridge, Edmund

Born Mar. 31, 1844 in Johnsburg, son of Thomas and Polly (Ross). Enlisted in Johnsburg Jul. 29, 1862 for three years as a private in Co. D, 118th NY Volunteer Infantry. Killed at the Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia, Oct. 27, 1864 and buried on the field of battle. Mildred Burns has been kind enough to share with me a copy of a letter from Edmund written Nov. 8, 1863 which I hope to share at my Tannery Pond Presentation Sept 2011.

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