Joseph Esrey Johnson – Major, United States Army

Born in Pennsylvania on February 4, 1848, he earned the Medal of Honorduring the Civil War while serving as First Lieutenant, Company A, 58th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, at Fort Harrison, Virginia, on September 29, 1864. The Medal was actually issued to him on April 1, 1898.

He died on April 30, 1911 and was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery.


Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, Company A, 58th Pennsylvania Infantry. Place and date: At Fort Harrison, Virginia, 29 September 1864. Entered service at: ——. Born: 5 February 1843, Lower Merion, Montgomery County, Pa. Date of issue: 1 April 1898.


Though twice severely wounded while advancing in the assault, he disregarded his injuries and was among the first to enter the fort, where he was wounded for the third time.



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