|Birth: ||1836, Scotland|
|Death: ||Nov. 27, 1929|
James Johnston, son of Alex and Elizabeth Johnston, was a carpenter who enlisted in the United States Army, at New York, on April 30, 1856, and was assigned to company D, 3rd U.S. Artillery. His service was ordinary enough, except for a brief period, where he deserted the service on June 28, 1858, but was apprehended only a few months later, on October 25, 1858. He managed to see in a few months of the Civil War, before his discharge from the service, at the expiration of his term, on October 31, 1861, as an artificier, at Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory. His service was obviously extended slightly from the five years that he had signed on for, due to the fact of his desertion. According to his obituary, he was indicated to have been an aide de camp to General Scott, but this is yet to be verified. At some later stage, he made his way to Australia, and was married to Mary Johnston, from which union five children were born. He lived at 47 Byron Street, Footscray, a suburb of the city of Melbourne, Australia, and died at his residence in 1929. He did collect a United States government pension for his service, commencing from November, 1908.
Footscray General Cemetery
Plot: Presbyterian, Section 1C, Grave No. 333
Created by: Terry Foenander
Record added: Jan 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32692656