John D Griffith

BirthMarch 12, 1842
DeathMay 31, 1932
CemeteryVerdon (Verdon)
PostVandeventor (Dawson)
Unit31st Wisconsin Infantry, Company C/H

Private John D Griffith

Company C/H, 31st Wisconsin Infantry

Griffith was born on March 12, 1842. He was living in Dodgeville (Iowa County), Wisconsin when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on August 13, 1862. Griffith served about 34 months and was mustered out on June 20, 1865.

Company C (along with with 5 other companies) was organized and mustered at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin on October 9, 1862. The unit was sent to Atlanta in July 1864 and was part of the Atlanta Campaign (July 21-September 8, 1864). The regiment fought in several major battles and campaigns for the balance of the Civil War. Some of them include:

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

General Sherman’s “War to the Sea” (GA) (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 19-21, 1865). Regimental casualty count was 7 killed, 24 wounded, and 21 were captured.

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).

Griffith died on May 31, 1932 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Verdon Cemetery in Verdon (Richardson County), Nebraska. He was one of the last members of the Vandeventor Post (#203) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Verdon. In addition, he was a member of the Porter Post (#48) of the GAR in Salem, Nebraska.

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