(1841 - 1906)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 6th Georgia Infantry
A 20 year old clerk in Lexington, Oglethorpe County, he enlisted as 3rd Corporal, Company K, 6th Georgia Infantry on 28 May 1861 in Atlanta.
On the Campaign
He was with his Company in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862, and probably one of only four members not killed or wounded there. By his count, the Company entered the fight with 40 soldiers, of whom 16 were killed, 15 wounded, and 5 captured.
The rest of the War
He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in August 1864, and slightly wounded at Olustee (Ocean Pond), FL on 20 February 1864. He was paroled at Greensboro, NC on 1 May 1865.
After the War
He lived in Oglethorpe County where he worked in a country store and was a miller. By 1895 he was a railroad clerk in Savannah.
References & notes
Service information from Henderson1 and his Consolidated Service Records (via Fold3). His experience at Sharpsburg from letters he wrote to John Gould in May and June 1891. Personal details from US Censuses (1850-80) and state marriage, probate, and voter records. Thanks to Barry Trulock for his research into Johnson.
His father Robert, Senior who was also in Company K, died in Atlanta on 27 June 1862. Robert, Jr. married Jesse Jackson in 1869 and they had three children together.