Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

The old cemetery in North River lies at the top of Christian Hill off of 13th Lake Road. It is a quiet and restful place that holds the bodies of many veterans of American Wars. When I was first researching my book, "Echoes in these Mountains" I was struck by the number of veterans flags that were posted by grave sites given the relatively small population of that hamlet.

Twenty Civil War veterans lay buried in this small cemetery, 10 of which I had reviewed in earlier columns. Below is a list of the additional 10 Civil War veterans buried in North River. Four of the men we know served with the 118th New York Volunteer Infantry. In a horrific half hour Sept. 16, 1864, the 118th lost 56 percdent of its men engaged in a successful assault of Confederate Fort Harrison, south of Richmond. The men from North River below survived that battle and the war.

Bennett, John

Born 1838 and listed as age 22 in the 1860 census. Believed to be the adopted son of Israel and Helen (Stiles). Served in Co. G in the 118th NYVI. Died Nov. 21, 1908.

Cross, Horatio

Born 1844, son of Reuben. Served in Co. G of the 93rd NYVI. Died May 7, 1916.

Fuller, Duane

Born Aug. 29, 1830, married to Mary Hills at the time of his enlistment. Served in Co. K of the NY Volunteer Cavalry. Died Sept. 28, 1906.

Ingalls, William

Born 1838. I cannot find a William Ingalls listed in the 1860 Johnsburg census, but there is list a Jane Ingalls, servant. William served in Co. I of the 117th NYVI and died Dec. 5, 1864 at age 26, possibly of war injuries.

Monroe, Henry

Born 1839, a twin son of Eli and Mary (Hayes). Served in Co. G of the 118th NYVI. Died June 10, 1889.

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