Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

This is my second column researching men from Johnsburg who served in the Union forces in Civil War. I will share the information, pictures, letters and diaries of these men and their families at a program scheduled for the Tannery Pond Community Center in Sep. of 2011.

Several astute readers noticed that in my Jan. 9 column Edward and Minerva Austin had sent five sons off to war; 4 of which died in the war. One can only begin to imagine the pain this caused their parents. It was perhaps the single largest sacrifice any Johnsburg family made in the war.

This week, our list includes three brothers including Edgar, Josiah and Leonard, all sons of Leonard (Luther?) Bennet and his wife, Ovilla (Suther, some say Smith). The boys were all born in Pawlett, VT, but the family moved to Johnsburg and that is where the boys enlisted. Only one of them survived the war. All three are buried in the North River Cemetery.

If you have any 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

Bartman, John

Born Oct. 17, 1862. Son of John Bartman Sr. and Catherine (Kellups) in Grand Isle, VT. Son John was a minister when he enlisted on Sept. 5, 1864 for one year as a private in the 91st NY Volunteers, Co. A. Discharged May 5, 1865.

Bennet, Edgar

Born Feb. 19 (year?). Enlisted in Johnsburg on Aug. 13, 1862 for three years as a private in Co. G of the 118th NY Volunteer Infantry. Died Nov. 24, 1864 at the Hampton Hospital, VA. Buried in North River cemetery

Bennet, Josiah Curtis

Born Oct. 6, 1837. Enlisted May 6, 1861 in Johnsburg for two years as a private, Co. E in the 22nd Infantry, one of the first units from New York State to respond to Lincoln's call to arms. Discharged Jun. 19, 1863. Re-enlisted Sept. 11, 1863 as a farrier with the 20th Cavalry, Co. E. Discharged Nov 31, 1865.

Bennet, Leonard

Born Mar. 9, 1839. Enlisted in Johnsburg on Aug. 13, 1862, with his brother Edgar, in Co. G of the 118th NY Volunteers and was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Died two years later, on Oct. 24, 1864, of Typhoid Fever.

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