The official enlistment age at the time of the Civil War in the north was 18 years of age, but many strapping young men lied about their age to volunteer. One was apparently George Beriah Rogers. George is listed as only 11 years of age in the 1860 census, although I believe that is in error and that he was actually 16. He enlisted Sept. 3, 1861 in Chester as a private in the 93rd Volunteer NY Infantry. He died on Christmas Day that year, just three months later, possibly of smallpox and is, I believe, our youngest Civil War casualty.
In preparation of a talk I am planning for September 2011, if you have any information on George Rogers or others who have appeared in my columns, please contact me at 251-3009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buried in Union Cemetery, North Creek:
Born in 1823, son of Hosea and Mary. Listed as a farmer, 36 years of age in the 1860 Johnsburg census. Served as a private in Co. D, 175th NY Volunteer Infantry. Died in 1904.
Born 1824. Not listed in the 1860 Johnsburg census so probably moved into the area after the war. Died Oct. 16, 1881.
Born in 1847 (?), son of Truman and Eliza Ann (Tuttle). Not listed in the 1860 Johnsburg census. Served Co. O, 175th NY Volunteer Infantry. Died May 3, 1878 age 27 years (error?).
Born 1827, married to Submit Russell at time of enlistment in Co. A 93rd NY Volunteer Infantry and apparently re-enlisted in the 7th NY Heavy Artillery. Not listed in 1860 Johnsburg census. Died Sept. 22, 1909.
Orcutt, Peter V.
Born 1843. Not listed in 1860 Johnsburg census. Served in Co. B of the 169th NY Volunteer Infantry. Died Aug. 24, 1881.
Born 1843, son of Allen and Sabe (Earls). Served in Co. D of the 123rd NY Volunteer Infantry. Not in 1860 Johnsburg census. Died Jan. 15, 1923.
Robee, Isaac H.
Born 1830 son of Luther (age 75 in 1860) and Roxey (Downs). Listed as age 30 and a farmer in the 1860 Johnsburg Census. Enlisted in Co. D of the 175th NY Volunteer Infantry in Plattsburg and paid a bounty of $100 in three installments of $33.33 each. Died Oct. 14, 1913.
Rogers, George Beriah
Son of Francis W. (age 54 in 1860 census) and Mary A. (age 42 in 1860 census). Enlisted in the first year of the war and died on Christmas Day, just three months later in hospital in Albany, NY. At "age 16 yrs, 10 months and 15 days" is probably the youngest man from Johnsburg to die in the war. His headstone is reported to have inscribed on it: "I would go and fight the rebels, if I knew it would cost me my life". Unfortunately, what I believe to be his headstone has fallen face down in the dirt and cannot presently be read.