In the Twenty-first Missouri descriptive muster rolls, John Hartsock is described as being a thirty-two year old, six foot tall farmer with brown hair, grey eyes and a dark complexion. His nativity was listed as Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and his residence at enlistment was Knox County.
He enlisted July 15, 1861, at Edina, Knox County, Missouri and mustered into the regiment as a private in Company D on February 1, 1862 at Canton, Missouri. He was with the regiment at Pittsburg Landing (Shiloh) during the battle. Afterward he entered the 6th Hospital at Corinth, Mississippi, suffering from acute diarrhea. September 13, 1862 he was transferred to the hospital at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri. He received a disability discharge on December 1, 1862.
John was apparently living in Knox County, Missouri at the time of his enlistment. However, sometime prior to being mustered into the regiment, he had moved to Adair County, Missouri. Upon his discharge, he returned to Adair County, residing on his farm located about two miles southeast of Brashear, Missouri.
John fathered three sons, John N., William, and the submitter's grandfather, David Washington. He had applied for and received a disability pension on October 16, 1875. He passed away on January 26, 1896 in Adair County, Missouri and was originally buried in the Paulville, Missouri cemetery along with his wife, Melvina Shouse. About 1900 he was moved to the Brashear, Missouri Cemetery.
Biographical information was generously provided by John Hartsock's great-grandson Everett Deibler
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