This officer served in 3 regiments during the Civil War, and was one of Massachusetts volunteers in April of 1861.
CDV – 1st Lieutenant Joseph L. Johnston 8th Massachusetts Infantry. Joseph L. Johnston, from Newburyport, Mass, enlisted as a corporal into Co, A, of the 8th Mass Infantry on April 15, 1861. He served 3 months in the Baltimore/ Washington, D.C. area. This was the second fastest Massachusetts to answer President Lincoln’s call for 75,000 volunteers to suppress the Rebellion. He continued to serve in the second 8th Mass, a nine month regiment; same company A. beginning in September of 1862 to August of 1863. In July of 1864, Johnston was commissioned as a 1st lieutenant in the 60th Mass. Infantry an mustered out at Indianapolis, Indiana on November 30, 1864.
The nine month 8th regiment served mostly in the North Carolina area, with the 60th Mass, most of the time was guarding confederate prisoners in Indianapolis at Camp Carrington, then Burnside Barracks, and mustered out there in November of 1864.
A nice seated portrait as 1st Lieutenant of the 60th Mass. A great clear image of him, with is forage cap and insignia on the table beside him. Photographed by H.P. Macintosh, Newburyport, Mass.
Gil Barrett Collection.