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Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

Nathan and Electa Eldridge had three sons that served in the war; sons Norman and Jabey were both killed on the same day (May 6, 1864) at the Battle of the Wilderness, son Nathan was captured by the enemy and spent 1864 in a Confederate Prison. Grandson Edmund (nephew to Jabey, not cousin - correction to last week's column) was killed at the Battle of Fair Oaks Oct. 27, 1864; Grandson William enlisted in 1864 and, fortunately, survived the war. Norman, Jabey, Nathan and William are all buried at Union Cemetery in North Creek.

William H. Flansburgh and his wife Lydia (Demick) sent two sons off to war. Henry was wounded at Drewry's Bluff May 16, 1864. His older brother James was killed four months later at the Battle of Chappins Farm Sept. 20, 1864.

1864 was a difficult year for many Johnsburg families.

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

Eldridge, Nathan T.

Born May 7, 1836, son of Nathan and Electa (Brown). Enlisted for 3 years on December 28, 1863 at Sandy Hill and served as a corporal in Co. S in the 93rd NY Volunteer Infantry. Captured and held at the Confederate prison at Salisbury, NC. Survived prison life and discharged May 5, 1865.

Eldridge, Norman Fox

Born April 2, 1827, Nathan's older brother. Married to Sarah Sept. 10, 1851. Enlisted in Wisconsin and served as a corporal in the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry. In Sept. of 1862 transferred to Co. I in the 93rd NY Volunteer Infantry. Killed May 6, 1863 at the Battle of the Wilderness.

Eldridge, William

Born July 13, 1839, son of John Eldridge and Rexy (Ross). William's 1929 obituary indicates he served as a drummer boy in Sherman's March to the Sea. Enlistment records, however, indicate that he enlisted Sept. 3, 1964 (he would have been 25) and that he served in the 175th NY Volunteer Infantry, which did not participate in Sherman's March to the Sea, although the unit was stationed in Savannah in Jan. of 1865. More research needs to be done to resolve these questions. William's eldest son, Lemon T. Eldridge, years later started the Eldridge General Store in Wevertown, now the Pearsall Realty building.

Flansburgh, Henry

Born May 6, 1843, son of William H. Flansburgh and Lydia (Demick). Enlisted Aug. 22, 1862 in Johnsburg for three year as a private in Co. D in the 118th NY Volunteer Infantry. Wounded in his right arm at the Battle of Drewry's Bluff May 16, 1864. Discharged Apr. 23, 1865.

Flansburgh, James D.

Born Oct. 12, 1842, Henry's older brother. Enlisted Aug. 11, 1862 in Co. D of the 188th NY Volunteer Infantry - 11 days before his brother Henry. Killed at Chappins Farm, Sept. 20, 1864 - 4 months after his brother had been wounded.

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