John R. Salisbury was born in 1809 in Chenango County, New York.
John left New York and moved west, eventually settling in western Michigan by 1860 when he was working as a farmer (he owned some $200 worth of real estate) and living alone in Moorland, Muskegon County.
John stood 5’10” with black eyes and hair and a dark complexion, and was 52 years old and probably still living in Muskegon County when he enlisted in Company F on May 13, 1861. He was discharged for consumption on December 23, 1861, at Camp Michigan, Virginia.
John eventually returned to Michigan after he left the army. By 1870 he was working as a laborer and living alone in Hart, Oceana County.
No pension seems to be available.