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Johndro, Franklin


Age: 26, credited to Highgate, VT
Unit(s): 118th NY INF
Service: enl, Queensbury, NH, 8/8/62, m/i, Pvt, Co. A, 118th NY INF, 8/29/62, m/o 6/13/65, Richmond, VA (Medal of Honor)

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Birth: 1835, Highgate, VT
Death: 04/05/1901

Burial: Glens Falls Cemetery, Glens Falls, NY
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 8234084


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/26/1887, MI
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Died in Bay City, MI


2nd Great Grandfather of William Doan, South Milwaukee, WI

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Glens Falls Cemetery, Glens Falls, NY

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This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor

Franklin Johndro

Rank and Organization: Private, Co. A, 118th New York Infantry.
Place and date: Chaffins Farm, VA, 30 Sep 1864.
Entered service: Queensbury, Ny.
Born: 1835, Highgate Falls.
Died: 5 April 1901, North Bay City, Mich.
Buried: Glens Falls Cemetery, Glens Falls, NY
Date of Issue: 6 Apr 1865.
Citation: Capture of 40 prisoners.

Items from the collection of Bill Doan, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2nd Great Grandson of Franklin Johndro.

Franklin Johndro, Co. A, 118th NY INF

Franklin Johndro's Medal

Bill Doan dressed in replica Civil War uniform

118th NYVI Record of Service

Detail of above

Medal of Honor Legion certificate

Detail of Medal of Honor Certificate

(Photos by Mike De Sisti / The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

(See the original article and additional photographs)

Transcript of Medal of Honor Certificate:

War Department.
Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, March 29, 1865


Herewith I enclose the Medal of Honor which has been
awarded you by the Secretary of War, under the Resolution of
Congress, approved July 12, 1862, "To provide for the presen-
tation of 'Medals of Honor' to the enlisted men of the army
and volunteer forces who have distinguished or may distinguish
themselves in battle during the present rebellion.
Please Acknowledge the receipt of it.

Very respectfully
Your obedient servant
E.D. Townsend
Assistant Adjutant General

Private Frank Johndro
Co. A, 118th New York Vols.

From Beyer and Keydel, 440.

"Another interesting incident at the battle of Chapin's Farm, Va., September, 30, 1864, was Private Franklin Johndro's gathering in of forty rebels. The battle had raged for some time. The second charge of Longstreet's Army had been repulsed by the Union forces and the Confederates were falling back. The One hundred and eighteenth New York Volunteers held a position about twenty rods from the foot of a slight hill, which was occupied by the enemy. Every charge thus far made had been immediately repulsed by this regiment countercharging as soon as the enemy appeared in force on the hill This manoeuvre checked every assault at the foot of the hill. Many of the rebels found temporary protection there, but could not retreat. The captain of Company A saw quite a number of these unfortunates. He pointed out to Private Johndro the danger these fellows were putting his men in, and then induced this brave soldier to at once fix his bayonet and charge all alone on these skulkers. A heavy fire was concentrated upon him by the enemy's sharpshooters, but he succeeded in driving in no less than forty rebels as his prisoners.

A few months later when the Medal of Honor was pinned to his breast for this deed, his colonel remarked: 'Johndro, if I owned this Medal of Honor and had won it in the way you did, I should think more of it than I do of the eagles that I carry on my shoulders.'"

NARA File Number: A-4024-EB-1884.

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