James Johnson

First Name: James
Last Name: Johnson
Residence (County): 
Nelson County, VA

James Johnson was a farmer in Nelson County, Virginia. At the time of the 1860 Census, he and his wife, Sarah, had twelve children living at home . Their four oldest sons served in the Confederate Army. Alexander (b. ca. 1839), Samuel (b. ca. 1840), and William (b. ca. 1841) all mustered into service as privates in Co. G, 19th Virginia Infantry on May 20, 1861. Samuel died of typhoid fever at Fairfax, Virginia on October 5, 1861.  Alexander was killed at Gaines Mill on June 27, 1862.  William was taken prisoner at the Battle of Gettysburg.  Frederick Johnson (b. ca. 1843) enlisted as a private in Rive’s Company, Virginia Light Artillery (Nelson Light Artillery) on March 10, 1862 and was present for duty through February 1865.  William and Fred both appear to have survived the war. Part of the August 1861 letter was written by a relative, Alexander Kidd, who served with the Johnson brothers in Co. G, 19thVirginia Infantry.  He was wounded at Gaines Mill the same day that Alexander Johnson was killed. 

Received Letters

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ID Letter Date Author Recipient From To
15104 JohnsonBrothers1 August 18, 1861 William Johnson , Alexander Kidd James Johnson , Sarah Johnson Centreville, VA Nelson County, VA
15106 JohnsonBrothers2 July 16, 1862 Frederick Johnson James Johnson VA Nelson County, VA

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