John Emerick

BirthMay 5, 1833
DeathFeb. 22, 1907
CemeteryBrittin (Elkhorn)
PostEmerick (Newman Grove)
Unit14th New York H Artillery, Company I

Private John Emerick

Company I, 14th New York Heavy Artillery

Emerick (also spelled Emrich) was born on May 5, 1833. He enlisted in the regiment on December 11, 1863 and was mustered on December 21, 1863. Emerick served about 13 months and was discharged on January 91, 1865 at Chester, Pennsylvania due to wounds incurred during his tour of duty.

Company I (along with Company K) was organized at Fort Richmond, New York Harbor on December 24, 1861. Initially, the regiment was assigned to duty in New York Harbor. On April 23, 1864 the unit was assigned to infantry duties in the Army of the Potomac. General Ulysses Grant was charged with winning the War and waged the Overland Campaign to defeat the Confederates. The regiment was involved in some of the most brutal and bloody battles of the War. Some of them include:

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 12-21, 1864).

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864).

Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 16, 1864-April 2, 1865).

Private Emerick was wounded during the Overland Campaign. An exact date and location was not available. He was discharged due to the wound(s).

The regiment suffered heavy casualties during the War. Six (6) officers and 220 enlisted men were lost in combat. In addition, 2 officers and 299 enlisted men died due to disease. The entire loss was 527 men.

Emerick died on February 22, 1907 at the age of 73 years. He is buried in the Britton Cemetery in Elkhorn (Douglas County), Nebraska. The Emerick Post (#313) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Newman Grove, Nebraska is named for him. He was a member of the Oliver Post (#43) of the GAR in Fairfield, Nebraska.

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