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Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

Most of the major Civil War battles were fought in the south, especially in Virginia. It would only be natural then to assume that of all states, Virginia men suffered the highest number of casualties. This is not true - actually more men from New York State (NYS) were killed in the war than from any other state.

It is not that NYS men were particularly poor soldiers or ineptly led, although there certainly was some of that, but rather it had one of the highest state populations at that time. Fueled by the economic engine of such innovations as the Erie Canal and immigration from Europe, NYS at that time was a vibrant growing state with a robust economy.

The sacrifices during the war by NYS communities and the loss of local boys, especially in the rural towns of upstate New York, were palpable. It is for these reasons, plus local pride and patriotism, that one can find monuments to Civil War soldiers in the town squares of most upstate communities.

If you have any information, pictures or diaries of these men or their families, or of the Johnsburg Civil War soldiers I have listed in earlier columns, I would welcome hearing from you. I can be contacted at 251-3009 or pearsall.glenn@gmail.com.

Glenn Pearsall

The following men are buried in St. James Cemetery in North Creek:

Johnson, Robert

Birth date unknown, son of R. Johnson and E. Johnson. Listed as a Johnsburg resident in the 1860 Census, a farmer age 35, having apparently emigrated from Ireland. Units he served with unclear. Died Mar. 25, 1885.

Johnson, William J.

Born 1843 in Ireland. Not listed in 1860 census as a Johnsburg resident, although there is a John, which was his father's name listed as age 67. Served in Co. D of the 42nd NY. Died Nov. 28, 1899.

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