Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

Winslow Homer is generally acknowledged as one of America's premier 19th Century artists and here in the Adirondacks he is clearly a favorite. In the 1880's he regularly spent his summers at the Northwoods Club in Minerva and is said to have made over 24 trips to the area to paint. His watercolors of Hudson River scenes are particularly beloved.

Homer, too, has Civil War connections. At age 25 he was hired by Harper's Weekly and sent to the front lines to sketch scenes of the war for the readers back home. His "Sharpshooter on Picket Duty" (1862), "Home Sweet Home" (1863) and "Prisoners from the Front" (1866) are his most famous works from that period.

Although Winslow Homer gained much acclaimed for his "Sharpshooter on Picket Duty", he was actually haunted by the image and said it was the closest thing to murder he could think of in connection to the war.

In preparation for my "Johnsburg Goes to War" talk in September of 2011, if you have any information n any of the men listed in this week's column, or from earlier columns, please contact me at 251-3009 or pearsall.glenn@gmail.com. Thank you.

Glenn Pearsall

Buried in Hack Cemetery, along with Civil War veteran Thomas Jefferson Ward referenced in earlier columns, are:

Lamb, James

Born 1830, son of Matthew and Lucinda (maiden name unknown). Not listed in Johnsburg 1860 Census so apparently moved into the area after the war. Served in Co. D, 118th NYVI. Died Feb. 9, 1897.

Robbins, Harvey

Born 1842, son of John Harvey Jr.; mother's name unknown. Apparently, moved to Johnsburg after the war. Served in Co. S, 22nd NYVI, one of the earliest units to muster in at the outbreak of the war and then in Co. K, 2nd Veteran Cavalry. Survived the war and died Jan. 13, 1910.

Robbins, Lewis

Born April 2, 1838, Harvey's older brother. Served in Co. A of the 93rd NY Volunteers, a regiment whose casualty list was particularly high. Survived the war and died April 28, 1927, at age 89.

Tucker, John

Birth date and parents unknown. Seems to have moved to the area after the war. Served in Co. E, 40th Regiment. Died Nov. 9, 1913, at age 72.

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