George Johnson


BirthAug. 31, 1843
DeathMay 29, 1935
CemeteryTekamah (Tekamah)
PostBoomer (Tekamah)
Unit48th Illinois Infantry, Company D

Corporal George Johnson

Company D, 48th Illinois Infantry

Johnson was born in Norway on August 31, 1843. He was residing in Nashville (Washington County), Illinois when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on August 27, 1861. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864 and served nearly 4 years. Johnson was discharged at Little Rock, Arkansas on August 15, 1865. He was promoted to corporal on his last day of service.

The 48th Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Butler (Chicago) in September 1861. . During his enlistment, the unit was involved in major battles and military campaigns. Some of them include:

Capture of Fort Donelson (TN) (February 12-16, 1862).

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (June 17-July 4, 1863).

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).

Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).

Assault on Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 27, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Pursuit of General Hood (AL) (October 1-26, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Johnson died on May 29, 1935 at the age of 91 years. He is buried in the Tekamah Cemetery in Tekamah (Burt County), Nebraska. Johnson was a member of the Boomer Post (#118) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Tekamah.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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