John Germain

John Germain, also known as “German,” was born 1830 in Tompkins County, New York.

In 1830 and in 1840 there was a James German living in Caroline, Tompkins County, New York. In any case, John left New York State and moved west, eventually settling in Detroit, Michigan.

He stood 6’0” with hazel eyes dark hair and a dark complexion, and was a 31-year-old farmer and machinist possibly living in Detroit’s Fourth Ward when he enlisted in Company F on August 22, 1862, at Detroit, crediting the Seventh Ward. He joined the Regiment on September 8 at Fairfax Seminary, Virginia, and was absent sick in the hospital in October. According to Company F commander Captain Israel C. Smith’s report on Germain written on January 31, 1863, “Since the time he joined the Regiment he has been unfit to perform the duties of a soldier. He has a lame shoulder and cannot carry his knapsack, gun and accouterments on a march, and in my opinion will never be able to perform the duties of a soldier.”
John was discharged on February 11, 1863 at Camp Pitcher, Virginia, and according to the Regimental surgeon, Dr. James Grove, he suffered from “chronic inflammation of the liver. He has been in the hospital since Dec. 20th and was on sick report for some time previous. He is now entirely unable to perform any duty.”

John eventually returned to Michigan and by 1890 he was living in Leighton, Allegan County.

He was probably married to Franciska (born in Switzerland).

He received pension no. 253480.