Pvt John Jackson “Jack” Griffin

Pvt John Jackson “Jack” Griffin

Irwin County, Georgia, USA
Death 1 Jul 1889 (aged 57)
Berrien County, Georgia, USA
Burial Irwin County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 9901459 · View Source
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John Jackson "Jack" Griffin:

John Jackson Griffin was born in Irwin County Georgia 18 April 1832. He was the son of Benjamin Daniel Griffin and Sarah Henderson.

He first married Martha Giddens on 16 September 1856 in Berrien Co., Georgia.

Griffin enlisted as a private on 22 August 1862 at Calhoun, Georgia by Major J. Dunwody.

This was eight months after his second marriage on 19 December 1861, to a Martha Mathis (1843-1925), daughter of Thomas Mathis and Eady Register.

His enlistment was for a three-year period or to the end of the war, whichever came first.

On 2 July 1863 we find John Jackson Griffin fighting with his regiment in the Wheat field area in Gettysburg. A union musket ball hits Griffin slightly above the left knee, shattering the lower femur bone.

Family lore states that he was attempting to rescue a fallen comrade when he himself was struck down. As he lay in agony from his wound, he was taken as a prisoner of war by union troops. His wound required that the left leg be amputated above the knee.

Griffin continued to live on the farm in Berrien County Georgia until his death on 1 July 1889, 26 years after the start of the battle of Gettysburg.

He was called a faithful solider of the Confederacy by neighbors and friends who remembered him.

John Jackson Griffin is buried on his father's old homeplace in Irwin County, Georgia.


"J.J. Griffin, Died July 1, 1889, Rest in Peace."



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