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Federal (USV)


Samuel Johnson

(1845 - 1915)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Soldier

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 9th Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

He enlisted at age 16 as a Private in Company G, 9th Pennsylvania Reserves on 27 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and was later awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions there.

The rest of the War

The New York Times of 13 June 1863 announced his Medal:

-- A Medal of Honor has been awarded to Private SAMUEL JOHNSON, of Company G. Ninth Pennsylvania Reserves, for having, by individual bravery and daring, captured from the enemy two colors at the battle of Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862, and received in the act a severe wound. He will be transferred to the Invalid corps as a commissioned officer.
He was transferred to the 10th Company, Invalid (Veteran Reserve) Corps on 4 June 1863 but enlisted for active service again, in Company C, 17th United States Infantry on 28 December 1863. He was listed as a deserter in August 1864 (he was honorably discharged in 1879 to date from 1864).

References & notes

His service from Sypher1 and the Registers,2 both as Samuel Johnston. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

For much more about Johnson, see a lovely piece on him by Chris Rasmussen from the Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps Historical Society.


01/28/1845; Fayette County, PA


11/24/1915; Onda, AR; burial in Baker Cemetery, Onda, AR


1   Sypher, Josiah Rhinehart, History of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, Lancaster, PA: Elias Barr and Company, 1865  [AotW citation 26425]

2   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 55, pg. 287  [AotW citation 26426]