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.
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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.
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.
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.
Ward, Edward N.
Born March 8, 1843 in Johnsburg, son of Alfred and Bethana Smith of Michigan. Enlisted in Jackson, MI on Feb. 2, 1865 as a private in Co. C of the 11th Michigan. Discharged Nov. 1865.
Ward, Thomas Jefferson
Born Feb. 11, 1826 in Johnsburg, son of John and Sally (Morehouse). Enlisted Dec. 1863 in Johnsburg as a private in Co. B of the 96th NYVI; other sources say as a private in Co. L. of the 16th NY Heavy Artillery. A year later, on Nov. 30, 1864 journeyed home on furlough and died just a few days later; possibly from war wounds or disease. According to a note by Lewis Waddell in 1995, Thomas Jefferson Ward was buried near his home on Oven Mt. Later his body was reinterred at Hack Cemetery when Washer Hill Road was widened.
Born Oct. 10, 1826 in Johnsburg, son of Samuel and Rachel (West). Enlisted Feb. 15, 1864 for three years as a private in Co. B, 96th NYVI. Survived the war and discharged Fe. 14, 1866.