John Gordon


DeathAug. 27, 1910
CemeteryMinden (Minden)
PostStrong (Minden)
Unit100th New York Infantry, Company G

1st Lieutenant John Gordon

Company G, 100th New York Infantry

Gordon was born in July of 1845. He enlisted into the regiment as a private on September 26, 1861. Gordon enlisted at Buffalo, New York and was mustered in on September 30, 1861. He re-enlisted on January 22, 1864 and served nearly 4 years during the War. He was mustered out on August 28, 1865 at Richmond, Virginia. If his date of birth is correct, he was 16 years when he enlisted. Gordon received 3 promotions during his tour of duty:

To corporal (September 12, 1863).

To sergeant (January 22, 1864).

To 1st lieutenant (March 6, 1865.

The 100th New York Infantry was organized at Buffalo, New York in January 1862. During Gordon’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Malvern Hill (VA) (July 1, 1862).

Assault on Fort Wagner (SC) (July 11 and July 18, 1863).

Battle of Drury’s (also spelled Drewry’s) Hill (VA) (May 13-16, 1864)

Appomattox Campaign (VA) (March 29-April 9, 1865).

Fall of Petersburg (VA) (April 2, 1865).

At Appomattox Court House (VA) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginian (April 9, 1865).

The Assault on Fort Wagner was the most costly battle for the regiment. On July 18, 1863 the unit lost 43 soldiers, 94 were wounded, and 14 were taken captive. During 4 days of fighting at Drury’s Bluff, the regiment lost 7 soldiers, 74 were wounded, and 139 were captured.

Gordon died on August 27, 1910 at the age of 65 years. He is buried in the Minden Cemetery in Minden (Kearney County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Strong Post (#91) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Minden.

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


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