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Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

Galusha is a common last name here in the North Country; especially here in Johnsburg. The first Galusha to the area may have been as early as the 1790's when John Thurman encouraged Abiram Galusha, a Revolutionary War veteran from Connecticut, to move to his "Elm Hill" settlement.

During the Civil War, 7 Galusha boys served. Unusual for many of the families from Johnsburg, all 7 survived the war.

If you have any pictures, diaries or information on these men, or from past lists in this column, please contact me at 215-3009 or pearsall.glenn@gmail.com.

Glenn L. Pearsall

Galusha, Ansel

Born in Washington County, son of George and Betsey (Magane). Married when he enlisted as a private for three years with Co. A of the 123rd NY Volunteer Infantry. Discharged May 25, 1865 at the end of the war.

Galusha, Charles

Born May 8, 1843 in Johnsburg, son of Daniel and Esther (Chase). Married when he enlisted Aug. 29, 1862 for three years as a private in Co. E of the 96th NY Volunteer Infantry. Discharged March 3, 1865.

Galusha, James

Born May 7, 1828 in Johnsburg, son of Reuben and Harriet (Sheffield). Married when he enlisted Aug. 13, 1863 for three years as a corporal in Co. B of the 96th. Discharged Dec. 26, 1864 after serving 16 months; not sure why.

Galusha, Reuben

Born March 2, 1849 in Greenwich. Was Ansel's brother. Enlisted for three years Jan. 8, 1864 for three years as a private in Co. E of the 93rd. Discharged Jul. 13, 1865.

Galusha, Richard

Born Oct. 28, 1842 in Johnsburg. Ansel's younger brother. Enlisted Aug. 15, 1862 in Salem for three years as a private in Co. A of the 123rd NY Volunteer Infantry. Discharged May 25, 1865.

Galusha, Samuel

Born Jul. 11, 1840 in Johnsburg. Older brother to Charles. Enlisted Oct. 21, 1861 in Chester for three years as a private in Co. D of the 93rd. Discharged Dec. 8, 1862. Re-enlisted on Christmas Day, 1863 with the 16th Heavy Artillery. Discharged Aug. 28, 1865.

Galusha, Silas

Born May 1, 1830. Younger brother to James. A married 32 year old when he enlisted Aug. 20, 1862 as a private with the 96th. Discharged at Hampton Hospital, VA Jun. 15, 1865.

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