Joseph Wright Johnson, 1835-1918 [RG3436.AM]


RG3436.AM:  Joseph Wright Johnson, 1835-1918

Papers:  1860-1880

Plattsmouth, Cass County, Neb.:  Sheriff; soldier

Size:  1 box; 0.5 cu.ft.


Joseph W. Johnson, was born in January of 1835 in Ohio, came west in 1857, and enlisted in the newly formed First Regiment of Nebraska Infantry in June of 1861. He served during the Civil War until his discharge in August of 1864. He returned to Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and became a law officer in December of 1866, served as sheriff for six years and later held various municipal offices. He died 14 April 1918, the last survivor of Co. A, 1st Nebraska.


The Joseph W. Johnson collection is arranged in three series: 1) Autobiographical material; 2) Civil War material; and 3) Miscellaneous. The bulk of material in the collection is his written recollections of the Civil War and his years as sheriff of Cass County, Nebraska.


Series 1 – Autobiographical Material

Box 1


    1. Reminiscences to about the 1880s

Series 2 – Civil War Material

    1. Chronological history of the 1st Nebraska Infantry (later Cavalry) through 1864 with daily records, and accounts of such battles as Fort Donalson, Shiloh, and Gettysburg, rosters, etc.

    1. Stories about the battle flag of the 1st Nebraska Infantry (Note: The original 1st Nebraska Infantry battle flag [#2046] is held in the collections of the Nebraska History Museum.)

Series 3 – Miscellaneous

    1. Plattsmouth Post, G.A.R., minutes, etc.

    1. Commission as “Aid de-Camp,” 1873, signed by Robert W. Furnas

      Discharge of William G. Woodruff, 1866

      Commission of Robert A. Collins, 1863

      Election certificates

      News clippings



Cass County (Neb.) — History

Grand Army of the Republic. Department of Nebraska. McConihie Post No. 45 (Plattsmouth, Neb.)

Johnson, Joseph Wright, 1835-1918

Law enforcement — Nebraska

Plattsmouth (Neb.) — History


Shiloh, Battle of, Tenn., 1862

United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865

United States. Army. Nebraska Cavalry Regiment, 1st

United States. Army. Nebraska Infantry Regiment, 1st


WFS/HEK/js   05-11-1965

Encoded TMM   05-11-2010

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