John Johnson was born in 1824 in Bingham, Somerset County, Maine.
John left Maine and moved westward, eventually settling in western Michigan by early 1864.
He stood 5’6” with dark eyes, hair and a dark complexion and was a 40-year-old laborer possibly living in Muskegon, Muskegon County when he enlisted in Company F on February 1, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Muskegon, and was mustered the same day. (He was possibly related to the brothers Eli and Ira Johnson both of whom also enlisted in Company F.) John joined the Regiment on February 27 at Camp Bullock, Virginia, was severely wounded in the left side and arm on May 12, at Spotsylvania, Virginia, and subsequently absent sick in the hospital. He apparently returned to the Regiment and was probably wounded again on June 1, 1864, near Cold Harbor, Virginia. In any case, he was still absent wounded when he was transferred to Company F, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and remained absent until he was mustered out on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.
According to one source John died on November 28, 1918, presumably in Kent County, and was buried in Brooklawn cemetery, in Grand Rapids.