Private John Schonfull (aka John Kern)
108th New York Infantry
Civil War Period
Electronic photograph dontated by Ronald Erwin
Residence was not listed; 18 years old.
Enlisted on 7/23/1862 at Rochester, NY as a Private.
On 7/23/1862 he mustered into "H" Co. NY 108th Infantry
He was discharged on 6/29/1863
Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:
- New York: Report of the Adjutant-General
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From Washburn's History of the 108th:
JOHN G. SCHONFULL, Company H.
I was born in New York City, March 12th, 1847, and in my early age my parents moved to the city of Rochester, Monroe county, State of New York; attended public schools till fifteen years old. I enlisted as private in Company H, 108th Regiment, New York Volunteers ( Captain E. P. Fuller's Company); left with the regiment for the seat of war, August 19th, 1862. I should state here that I enlisted under the name of John Kern. Was in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. At the last-named battle I was taken prisoner, but at the end of three days made my escape and went to Baltimore. 1 received my discharge and shortly afterwards re-enlisted as private in the 3d Maryland Cavalry, and remained with that regiment until the close of the war, and received my discharge September 20th, 1865, at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Came home, and October 9th, 1865, was married. Have one daughter who is married and resides at Baltimore, Maryland. I then learned the machinists' trade and afterwards ran a stationary engine for seven years, and was engineer on the B. & 0. Railroad for three years. I then entered the employ of Charles Heiser, boot and shoe Manufacturer, Baltimore, Maryland, and remained there till 1880 when I moved my family to Brooklyn, N. Y., and entered the employment of the Bay State Boot and Shoe Manufacturing Company, and am in their employment as foreman at the present time. I have received two honorable discharges; one from the 108th Regiment, New York Volunteers, and the other from the 3d Maryland Cavalry. I belong to the Masonic Fraternity, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Red Men, Maccabees, and Odd Fellows' Encampment. I reside at 408 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y.
JOHN G. SCHONFULL
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