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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following men are buried in St. James Cemetery in North Creek:
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.
Born 1845, parent's names unknown. Served with Co. F in the 169th NYVI. Died Sept. 3, 1885 and buried with his daughter, Margaret.
Waddell, William Tracey
Born in 1830, son of Robert Jr. and Eleanor (Kelly). Listed as age 30 and a farm laborer in the 1860 census. Served with Co. I, 148th NYVI. Died Oct. 6 1892.
Joining James Galusha, Leander William Graves (killed in the war) and Edmond West in the Wevertown Cemetery just north of Wevertown on NYS Rt 28 are:
Age 19 and a Johnsburg resident in the 1860 census, son of John Jr. (age 42 in the 1860 census) and Merit (Ross). Served in Co. A, 93rd NYVI. Died July 7, 1865, just a week after the 93rd was mustered out of service, possibly from war injuries or disease.
Born 1840 and listed as age 19 at the time of the Johnsburg 1860 census, son of William and Mercy (Galusha). Served as a trooper in the 3rd Reg't New York Cavalry. Died March 24, 1864 during the war. Body apparently returned home and buried in Wevertown Cemetery.