Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
Edwin's Forbe's depiction of the long pursuit from Gettysburg. Who knew a small part in the departure of Lee's army from Northern soil would be played by a black civilian?
We have a statue to civilian combatant John Burns, his civilian combatant brother in law Andrew Hagerman lost his life shouldering a rifle defending Hagerstown. Civilians pitching in during the summer of July, 1863 are great stories- missed this one. Saved a snip from a Hathitrust book, with a note " Randolph Johnson, African American Civilian ". Problem is, lost the book title so have no clue what soldier from which regiment is speaking.
1860 census for Gettysburg contains the Johnson family, ' mulatto ', Upton, Rebecca, Dorson, Randolf and Charles S. Randolph is described in his tavern application as ' colored '; census lists as mulatto.
Randolph applied for and was granted a tavern license in 1867, so an active member of the community. The Johnsons seem involved in their church, civil groups and Randolph seems irked by the invasion, July 1863. Hazardous, a black citizen remaining in town during the invasion much less picking up a gun!
Does anyone know anything more of Randolph, please? 22 at the time, seems a little likely he or his brothers ended up USCT.