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 John G. Langston

John G. Langston

Birth
Ireland
Death 10 Feb 1903 (aged 73–74)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Fernwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 14, Lot 131
Memorial ID 19501 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Officer. He began his Civil War service soon after the Confederate bombardment, being commissioned and mustered as the 1st Lieutenant for Company K, 2nd New Jersey Militia on May 1, 1861. After serving with his unit in the defenses of Washington, DC and in reserve during the July 1861 First Bull Run Campaign, he was mustered out on July 31, 1861. Not long after he re-joined the Union war effort, receiving a commission of Captain and commander of Company K, 8th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on September 27, 1861. He would go on to serve for three full years of enlistment, and would commanded the regiment on three different occasions when his superior officers were wounded in battle. At Second Bull Run in August 1862 he briefly commanded the unit when he arrived on the field after being temporarily detached, taking over command from Captain George Hoffman, and relinquished command when Major John Ramsay of the 5th New Jersey Infantry was detailed to the regiment. The next he was in command was at the May 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville when now Colonel Ramsay was wounded in the arm while the regiment was withdrawing after being engaged in heavy fighting. Colonel Ramsay would return to command the regiment during the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. In that Battle, the 8th New Jersey Infantry fought near the Wheatfield in the Rose Woods. During the unit's participation in the resisting of Confederate assaults in that area, Colonel Ramsay was again wounded, and for the third time Captain Langston assumed command, which he held for the rest of the campaign. He was honorably mustered out on September 21, 1864.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 15 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19501
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John G. Langston (1829–10 Feb 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19501, citing Fernwood Cemetery, Fernwood, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .