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Federal (USV)


John Williamson

(1833 - 1912)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was working with his parents and siblings on the family's farm in Sheldon, Wyoming County, NY. He enlisted on 9 May 1861 in Buffalo, NY to serve two years, and mustered in on 20 May as a Sergeant in Company G, 21st New York Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was seriously wounded in the side in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He mustered out with his Company on 18 May 1863.

After the War

In 1865 he was a grocer in Buffalo and by 1867 and to at least 1870 he was a partner with William Graham in Williamson & Graham, produce merchants in the Washington Market there. He was one of 117 surviving veterans of the regiment in Buffalo in 1911 on the 50th anniversary of their enlistment in 1861.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General1 and his New York Muster Roll Extracts, online from fold3, with Antietam wound detail from the Chronicles.2 Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860, and the Buffalo City Directory (1865, 1867, 1870). His presence in Buffalo in 1911 from the Buffalo Times of 14 May 1911. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1833; Paterson, NJ


1912; burial in Forest Lawn, Buffalo, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1899, Ser. No. 20, pg. 306  [AotW citation 28228]

2   Mills, John Harrison, and 21st Regiment Veteran Association of Buffalo, Chronicles of the Twenty-first Regiment New York State Volunteers, Buffalo: 21st Reg't. Veteran Association of Buffalo, 1887, pg. 294  [AotW citation 28229]