Pvt. John S. Andrew
Ohio Vol. Inf., Co. D, 74th Reg.
John S. Andrew was born on July 4, 1842 in Greene County, Ohio. His parents were Thomas Andrew and Jane (nee McClellum), both also born in also.
At the age of 20, he is described as 5 ft. 7 in. high, fair complexion, gray eyes, light hair, and by occupation, he was a farmer. On August 30, 1862, John enrolled in the Civil War at Cedarville, Ohio, for a period of 3 years. He was enlisted as a Private in Co. D, 74th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, under the command of Capt. Austin McDowell.
Andrew's unit first had guard duty along a road between Nashville and Columbis, Tennessee until September 3, 1862. His regiment was involved in the Siege of Nashville from September 12 until November 7, 1862. An incident at Fort Riley occurred near Nashville on October 5th; and another at Gallatin, also near Nashville, tood place October 20, 1862. They again had guard duty at Nashville until December 26th, when they advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30, 1862.
The Battle of Stone's River, Tennessee, took place December 30-31, 1862 and January 1-3, 1863. It was here in the line of duty in a warm and close contest with the enemy in the Battle of Stone's River on December 31, 1862 that he was shot by a musket ball striking his left arm above the elbow. The musket ball passed upward shattering the bone. That said ball was extracted just below the shoulder causing a very bad wound which disabled his left arm entirely, rendering him unfir for military duty. He was treated for his wounds to his left arm from january 8 -21, 1863 and was then honorably discharged from the service as a Private on January 21, 1863 due to his disability.
He was unable to perform any labor of any kind after that. Therefore, he applied for and received an Invalid Pension on April 11, 1863 due to his disability.
At the age of 27, he was married to Mary A. Gibson (born 1844) of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the Gibson home by the Rev. Ferguson on August 5, 1869. In 1873, while living in Buffalo, Missouri, a daughter, Minnie, was born.
When John S. andrew and his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, he was a conrade of Col. Hassendeubel G.A.R. Post No. 13, Dept of Missouri.
John S. andrew died on October 4, 1904, the dause of death being paralysis, at his home at 3415 Wisconsin Avenue, St. Louis, MO. He was 62 years and 3 months old at this death. He was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis County.
Submitted for Charter Member: Minnie W. Bringhurst, Initiated 9-4-1930.