John Patterson Pedigo Jr. was born in Barren County, Kentucky on December 15, 1835. He was the 4th of 10 children born to John Patterson Pedigo Sr. and Ruth (Durham) Pedigo. On December 30, 1856 in Barren County, Kentucky, John was united in marriage to Martha Jane Garrison, the daughter of James and Agnes (Pedigo) Garrison.
John Pedigo Jr. and his family along with some of their extended family, moved from Barren County, Kentucky to Scotland County, Missouri sometime in the period between the birth of his oldest daughter, my Great-grandma Adelia, in November of 1857 and the time the federal census was taken in June 1860, settling in the Bible Grove area to farm and raise their family.
It was while living in this area, that on July 13, 1861, at the age of 25, he enlisted in Company C of the 21st Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry and appears on the Company's Muster-in Roll dated February 1, 1862 at Canton, Missouri. He is described in the company descriptive book, as being six feet two inches tall with blue eyes and light hair and a light complexion. His occupation is given as farmer.
John, while in the field after the battle of Shiloh near Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, contracted chronic diarrhea resulting from the exposure to the inclemency of the weather and the change of climate the soldiers were enduring. The diarrhea was so severe that he was placed in a Regimental Hospital at Shiloh, Tennessee after the battle and then on April 21, 1862, he was sent to the General Hospital in Keokuk, Iowa, to recuperate but almost a year would pass before he was able to rejoin his company.
After returning to his company, John served out the rest of his term of service with his regiment though still plagued by chronic diarrhea. On December 5, 1864, when his term of service expired he was mustered out at Nashville, Tennessee and returned home to Bible Grove and his family. However, John like many others, was still afflicted with chronic diarrhea until his death in November of 1890.
Biographical information generously provided by his 2d great granddaughter Brenda .
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