Lt Nelson P Johnson - 83rd Indiana

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I discovered this distant relative. He was wounded in South Carolina on the march to Columbia. How common was it to find these comments on a death certificate long after the war?

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That's a first for me. I've seen a number of similar medical reports on pension applications. He resigned on disability 1/24/1865. He entered as a 1st Sergeant of Co.K 8/17/1862. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant 4/12/1864. He filed or a pension as an invalid on March 8, 1878.

Report of Lieut. Col. George H. Scott, Eighty-third
Indiana Infantry, of operations September 5, 1864--January 2, 1865.

HDQRS. EIGHTY-THIRD REGT. INDIANA VOLUNTEERS,
Savannah, Ga., January 4, 1865.
CAPT.: In accordance with instructions I submit the following report
of the operations of the Eighty-third Regt. Indiana Volunteers from
September 5, 1864, up to the occupation of the city of Savannah, to wit:

Camped at East Point, Ga., until October 4; marched toward
Chattanooga in pursuit of the enemy, via Kingston and Rome, and
camped on Little October 21; distance traveled, 104 miles. Detailed to
go to Rome to guard supply train; returned October 25; distance,
eighty-two miles. Marched on the 29th via Powder Springs, and camped
near Marietta November 5; distance, 104 miles. Regt. was paid
here. November 14 [15], took up line of march south, via Hillsborough
and Irwinton, toward the coast, meeting with very little opposition.
Crossed the Ocmulgee, Oconee, Cannouchee, and Ogeechee, Rivers,
and struck the Gulf railroad on the 9th of December and tore up several
miles of the track. Returned and marched to Fort McAllister on the
13th. Remained here a few days and marched out on the Gulf railroad,
and assisted in destroying about nine miles of the track. Returned and
crossed the Ogeechee River on the 21st. Enemy evacuated the city of
Savannah on the night of the 21st [20th]. Remained in camp until
January 2, and marched into town; went into camp inside the
fortifications.

Distance marched since October 4, 1864, 750 miles.

The regiment lost 1 man killed and 2 missing.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. H. SCOTT,
Lieut. Col., Cmdg. Eighty-third Regt. Indiana Volunteers.

Capt. F. M. LEWIS,
Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen., 2d Brig., 2d Div., 15th Army Corps.


Source: Official Records
CHAP. LVI.] THE SAVANNAH CAMPAIGN. PAGE 116-92
[Series I. Vol. 44. Serial No. 92.]
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Thanks for sharing this interesting article. And Welcome to CWT from the Smoky Mountain side of North Carolina. Just jump right in and enjoy .
 
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Yes. The attending physician states that the cause of death was a war wound. He appears to have suffered from sciatica since the "war of the Rebellion." I'm sure the death of many veterans was hastened by their wounds. Had never seen this stated so on a death certificate from this period of time.
 

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Joshua Chamberlain died in 1914 at the age of 85 . It is stated that complications from wounds suffered during the war led to his death . My father had a cousin seriously wounded in the Battle of the Bulge . He lived into his 80s but one of the causes of his death was war wounds that never completely healed leading to infection .
 
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Nelson Johnson is a lucky fellow to have only been bruised as a result from a nearby shell, according to this

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I've also found him attending numerous reunions, on a list of wounded / recovering soldiers in a St. Louis hospital (June 20/26th 1863) in other newspapers, etc.
 
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