JOHNSON, Morris

IL 34th Inf Co C. Residence: China, Lee County, Illinois. Born “Magnus Johnson Sexe” on 9 Mar 1844 in Hardanger, Norway. Came to America in 1858 to Lee County. Civil War: Farmer. Age 19. Unmarried. Blue eyes, light brown hair, fair complexion, 5’4”. Enlisted for three years at Franklin Grove, Illinois, in May (sic) 1861. Mustered 7 Sep 1861 at Camp Butler, Illinois. Private. Re-enlisted as a Veteran for three years on 23 Dec 1863 at Chattanooga, Tennessee. Re-mustered there on 3 Jan 1864. On re-enlistment, his residence is listed as Franklin, Lee County. Wounded 18 Jul 1864 in battle for Atlanta, Georgia. Sent to a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Rejoined his regiment in 1865. Taken prisoner in North Carolina during a skirmish connected with General Sherman’s campaign, and sent to Libby prison. Paroled after 35 days. Mustered out 12 Jul 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. Sometime during his service he was in Company D. Post war: Married 18 Oct 1874 at Lee, De Kalb County, Illinois, to Annie Sandven. Moved to Grand Forks County, Dakota Territory, in 1880, to South Dakota in 1889 and to Oregon in 1900. Died 4 Mar 1923 at Silverton, Oregon, and is buried there. Sources: (ILSA reel three p 81, 82, 85, 88) (1885 Dakota Territory Special Census) (Letter and obituary copy from Joyce Sande, Willmar, Minnesota) (Ulvestad p298).

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