Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

Men from Johnsburg died in battle, from wounds inflicted in battle as well as from disease. They also suffered from the lack of shelter, food and good sanitation in prisoner of war camps. Marshall Johnson and Richard Kenwill succumbed to death by disease and starvation within 6 weeks of each other at the Confederate prisoner of war camp at Andersonville, Georgia. Special thanks to Trude Gezzi of North Creek for verifying these casualties of war in her copy of "Dedication of the NYS Monument at Andersonville, GA" (1914).

With St. Patty's Day upon us, it is also interesting to note that two of our solders listed this week, Holland and Kenwill, immigrated here from Ireland.

In preparation of my September 2011 Tannery Pond Community Center Presentation I'd appreciate hearing 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

Holcomb, Amos C.

Born Feb. 19, 1820, son of Charles and Sarah (Smith). He was a 31 year old shoemaker when he enlisted on Nov. 28, 1861 as a private for three years with Co. H of the 93rd Volunteer Infantry. He may have re-enlisted, possibly with a different unit, as he served a total of four years and was discharged Nov. 18, 1865.

Holland, John O.

Born 1848 in County Claire, Ireland, son of Patrick and Mary (Lynch). Served with the 123rd NY Volunteer Infantry.

Johnson, Marshall B.

Date of birth and names of parents presently unknown. Married when he enlisted as a private for three years in Co. H (some sources say Co F) with the 96th NY Volunteer Infantry. Captured and sent to Anderson prison where he died of disease and starvation on July 16, 1864.

Jones, John

Born 1820 in England, son of Adam and Nancy. Served in the 188th NY Volunteer Infantry. No other information known as this point.

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