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Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

Many men from Johnsburg, including William Hiram Stoves and Gary Vandenbush served in the 118th New York Volunteer Infantry, often called the "Adirondack Regiment". Stoves, Vandenbush and others from Johnsburg were in the ranks as the 118th entered Richmond, VA on April 3, 1865 - acknowledged as the first unit of federal troops to enter the Confederate capital.

In preparation for my Sept. 2011 Tannery Pond Community Center Presentation I'd appreciate hearing if you have any pictures, diaries or information on the men in this week's column or from prior columns. Please contact me at 215-3009 or pearsall.glenn@gmail.com.

Glenn L. Pearsall

Stoves, William Hiram

Born 1844 in Greenwich, NY. Enlisted Aug. 11, 1862 in Johnsburg for three years as a private in Co. B, 118th NY Volunteer Infantry. Survived the battles of South Anna, Drury's Bluff, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Chapins Farm and Ft Harrison and marched into Richmond as part of the first federal unit to enter the Confederate's capital on its fall. Survived the war and discharged June 30, 1865.

Trumble, Alexander (Jr.)

Born Jan. 23, 1838 in Johnsburg. Son of Alexander and his wife Pamela (Kenyon). Enlisted just a few weeks after William Hiram Stoves and served as a private in Co. D in the 96th NYVI. Discharged just four months later for reasons unknown at this time at New Bern, NC on Dec. 14, 1862.

Vandenbush, Gary

Born Nov. 5, 1833 in Easton, Washington County, NY. Son of Jacob and Catherine Ann (Beckman). Enlisted Oct. 11, 1862 in Johnsburg for three years as a corporal in Co G. of the 118th NYVI. Like William Hiram Stoves, survived many battles and was part of the first regiment of union troops to enter Richmond. Discharged May 8, 1865.

Vermet, Louis

Born June 26, 1835 in Canada, son of Louis and Theresa (Filistro) of Johnsburg. Enlisted Jan. 16, 1861 in Troy, NY for two years as a corporal in Co. G in the 22nd NYVI. Discharged Nov. 17, 1863. Re-enlisted Sept. 3, 1864 and appears to have finished out the war as a corporal with the 175th.

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