Monday, November 15, 2010

John Stotts

John Stotts was born in 1841 in Germany.

John came to America and settled in Michigan sometime before 1863.

He stood 5’7’ with black eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion and was a 20-year-old baker possibly living in Westphalia, Clinton County when he became a substitute for Larow R. Ploughman who had been drafted on February 11, 1863, for 9 months from Westphalia. John subsequently enlisted in Company B, joined the Regiment on March 10 at Camp Pitcher, Virginia, however his enlistment bounty was recorded as forfeited for “attempting desertion.”

He was reported missing in action on May 3 at Chancellorsville, Virginia, and in fact had been taken prisoner on May 3, paroled on May 15 at United States Ford, Virginia, and returned to the Regiment at Sulphur Springs, Virginia. He allegedly deserted on September 3, 1863 at Troy, New York.

There is no further record. No pension seems to be available.

There was one John Stotts who was 19 years old when he enlisted as a private on June 7, 1864 in Company E, One hundred twenty-second Ohio infantry and was mustered the same day. He was taken prisoner on July 9, 1864 and paroled on march 20, 1865.

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