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G.W. Johnson

G.W. Johnson

Federal (USA)


George Washington Johnson

(1822 - 1864)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 49th New York Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He mustered into service in August 1861 at age 39, and was commissioned the original Major of the 49th Infantry on 16 October.

On the Campaign

He assumed command of the 49th Infantry as next senior officer on the field after Lieutenant Colonel Alberger was wounded.

The rest of the War

In 1863 he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel, to date from 10 December 1862 in place of W.C. Alberger, resigned. He was wounded in action at Ft. Stevens - near Washington DC - on 12 July 1864, and died of his wounds on the 29th.

References & notes

The photograph here from an original at the NY State Military Museum1, with service details from Phisterer2.




07/29/1864; Washington, DC


1   State of New York, and Division of Military & Naval Affairs, New York State Military Museum, Published c. 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <>, Source page: /reghist/civil/infantry/49thInf/49thInfPersonJohnson.htm  [AotW citation 964]

2   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 3, pg. 2389  [AotW citation 965]