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Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

The official enlistment age at the time of the Civil War in the north was 18 years of age, but many strapping young men lied about their age to volunteer. One was apparently George Beriah Rogers. George is listed as only 11 years of age in the 1860 census, although I believe that is in error and that he was actually 16. He enlisted Sept. 3, 1861 in Chester as a private in the 93rd Volunteer NY Infantry. He died on Christmas Day that year, just three months later, possibly of smallpox and is, I believe, our youngest Civil War casualty.

In preparation of a talk I am planning for September 2011, if you have any information on George Rogers or others who have appeared in my columns, please contact me at 251-3009 or pearsall.glenn@gmail.com.

Buried in Union Cemetery, North Creek:

Goodspeed, Gideon

Born in 1823, son of Hosea and Mary. Listed as a farmer, 36 years of age in the 1860 Johnsburg census. Served as a private in Co. D, 175th NY Volunteer Infantry. Died in 1904.

Harvey, Jasper

Born 1824. Not listed in the 1860 Johnsburg census so probably moved into the area after the war. Died Oct. 16, 1881.

Lincoln, Philo

Born in 1847 (?), son of Truman and Eliza Ann (Tuttle). Not listed in the 1860 Johnsburg census. Served Co. O, 175th NY Volunteer Infantry. Died May 3, 1878 age 27 years (error?).

Nutting, John

Born 1827, married to Submit Russell at time of enlistment in Co. A 93rd NY Volunteer Infantry and apparently re-enlisted in the 7th NY Heavy Artillery. Not listed in 1860 Johnsburg census. Died Sept. 22, 1909.

Orcutt, Peter V.

Born 1843. Not listed in 1860 Johnsburg census. Served in Co. B of the 169th NY Volunteer Infantry. Died Aug. 24, 1881.

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