JOHNSON, Sampson S.Back to Top
Born in Georgia in 1830
Died in Vernon, Florida in 1923
He joined the Confederacy at Camillia, Georgia on August 12, 1861. He was a private in Company E 17th Georgia Infantry. Sampson spent a lot of time in military hospitals. He seemed to have problems with his left leg. He was in the hospital in Danville, Virginia, the 4th Division General Hospital on May 18, 1863. On February 10, 1864 he was in the General Hospital Montg. Springs, Virginia. At some point of the war he became a prisoner of war. Capt. John A. McGregor formed this company of soldiers. The company was called at first "Stephens Infantry" according to two letters Capt. McGregor wrote to Gov. Joseph E. Brown on July 21 and Aug 4, 1861. The company was involved in battles of Yorktown, Virginia, Seven Days Battles, Garnett's and Golding's Farm action. Battle of malvern Hill, action at Throughfare Gap, Battle of Bull Run (2nd Manassas), Battle of Antietam, Battle of Fredericksburg, VA (Dec 1862), Siege of Suffolk, VA, The Gettysburg Campaign (including the battle of Gettysburg), Chickamauga, Chattanooga Siege, Knoxville Siege, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Petersburg Siege, Chaffin's Farm, Fort Harrison, Fort Gilmer, Williamsburg Road and Appomattox Court House. At he battle of Antietan, the 17th Georgia regiment had earlier been sent to guard a wagon train but arrived back in time to counter the Union breakthrough at Burnside's bridge preserving the route of retreat for Lee's army after the battle. At Gettysburg, the 17th formed the right wing of Benning's brigade and was involved in capturing the area now known as Devil's Den at the southern edge of the battle and just below little round top. Capt. McGregor was wounded in this action at Gettysburg and eventually resigned his commission as a result. Co E 17th Georgia surrendered at Appomattox with one Captain, on 1st Lt, 3 Sgts, 2 Cpls and 13 Privates. Sampson S. Johnson was with this company when Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House. Sampson's wife drove a horse and buggy from Florida to meet him after the war and bring him home.
Submitted by Ann Robbins 9-2002
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