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Johnston, Willie
Age: 12, credited to Salem, VT
Unit(s): 3rd VT INF, VRC
Service: enl 5/1/62, m/i 5/1/62, DRMR, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, tr to VRC 2/5/64, reen 2/15/64, m/o 8/31/65 (Medal of Honor) [College: NU 70]

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Birth: 10/1849, Morristown, NY
Death: After 1917

Burial: Final resting place unknown, ,
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer:

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: VHS off-site

Remarks: None

2nd Great Granduncle of Michael Hilt, Port Orchard, WA

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Willie Johnston

Rank and Organization: Musician, Co. D, 3rd Vermont Infantry.
Place and date: Unknown.
Entered service at: St. Johnsbury.
Born: Morristown, NY
Died: Unknown
Buried: Unknown
Date of Issue: 16 Sep 1863.
Citation: Date and place of act not on record in War Department.

NARA File Number: VAZ-308-EB-1864. (Note: File contains several indications of searches for application/recommendation/citation, as recently at 1942.).

Willie Johnston,
drummer boy,
apparently of St. Johnsbury

Rutland Herald
Nov 3, 1863


The "Caledonian" relates the following:

"Willie Johnston, aged thirteen years, a drummer boy in Company D, 3d Vermont Regiment, has received a medal for his heroic conduct in the seven days fight before Richmond. On the retreat when strong men threw away their guns, knapsacks and blankets that they might have less weight to carry, this little fellow kept his drum and brought it safely to Harrison's Landing, where he had the honor of drumming for division parade, he being the only drummer who brought his drum from the field. Upon these facts being reported to the War Department by the division commander, Willie was presented with the Star Medal of Honor by Secretary Stanton in person. Young Johnston's parents reside in this town. His father is a member of the 3d Vermont Regiment."

(Newsclipping contributed by Cathy Habes)