Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

Charles William West served in the 96th New York Volunteer Infantry, sometimes referred to as the "Plattsburg Regiment" or "Macomb's Regiment". The unit was mustered into service in Feb-March of 1862 and was not disbanded until after the war. During its service, the regiment lost by death and killed in action 7 officers and 41 enlisted men; of wounds received in action 3 officers and 19 enlisted men ; and of diseases and other causes 2 officers and 158 enlisted men. More men were killed in the war from disease than from engagement with the enemy, especially so in the 96th. Married when he enlisted, Charles William West lost his left arm in the war, but survived.

In preparation for my September 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. Thanks.

Glenn L. Pearsall

Washburn, William Harrison

Born Oct. 24, 1842, son of Orisson and Hannah (Grover). Enlisted Aug. 12, 1862 in Johnsburg for three years as a private in Co. G of the 118thNYVI. Survived the war and discharged in Plattsburg June 26, 1865.

Washburn, William Henry

Born in 1841 in Johnsburg, son of Joel Putnam Washburn and Betsey Mariah (Grover). Were Joel and Orisson (above) bothers who perhaps married two Grover girls who were sisters? Joel's son served as a private in Co. G of the 22nd NYVI. Died in Upton Hill, VA Dec. 13, 1861 in the first year of the war and buried at Falls Church Burying Ground.

West, Edmund I.

Born in 1849 in Johnsburg, son of Ithiel and Lydia Ann (Wells). Sergeant in Co. H in the 153rd NYVI. Lost two fingers on his left hand, but survived the war and buried in Wevertown Cemetery.

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