Site Dedication to Cpl. John N. Weeks, Co. H, 3rd Battalion, Pioneer Brigade

JN WeeksJohn Weeks Civil War

I have dedicated this site to Cpl. John N. Weeks.  Here is a biography of him that I wrote to honor his service to his country and the preservation of the Union.  

John Noble Weeks, my great, great grandfather, was born on October 22, 1836 in Warren, Ohio.  His father was William Henry Weeks who was a master builder. He trained John as a carpenter.  His mother was Frances Noble.  He married Emeline Kinney in 1860 and they had several children including Charles in 1862, my great grandfather. Charles’s daughter, Lora, was my grandmother. Her son, Charles L. Flickinger, is my father. 

John joined the Union army on August 11, 1862.  He was assigned to the 19th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company C.  On November 2, 1862 he was assigned to detached duty with the Pioneer Corps in Company H, 3rd Battalion, due to his skill as a carpenter and he was promoted to corporal. At the Battle of Stones River, on January 1, 1863, after Company H was thrown out late on December 31st as skirmishers and pickets following hard fighting, he was wounded in the left arm and left leg.  He was sent to the military hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he contracted typhoid fever.  After he recovered he was honorably discharged and immediately reenlisted in the 1st Veteran Volunteer Engineers, in June 1864, in which he served until September 25, 1865 when he was mustered out at the end of the war. 

He joined the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans’ organization.  He was a member until his death on June 13, 1917, at Cleveland in a veterans’ hospital. The picture you see of John is his official G.A.R. portrait in his uniform.  It was probably taken in the late 1890s.  Next to that picture is one of John in his uniform.  This was a picture probably taken in 1864 after he returned to duty after recovering from his wounds and a bout of typhoid fever.  I say that because he doesn’t have Cpl. stripes on his uniform.  John reenlisted in the 1st Veteran Volunteer Engineers as a private and finished the war in that unit. He was promoted to Sgt. just before being discharged. I am a member of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, the only legal descendant organization of the G.A.R.

 An interesting sidelight is that the G.A.R. was instrumental in establishing the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphans home in Xenia, Ohio in 1869 for the orphans of Civil War veterans.  My grandfather, Marion Flickinger, was gassed and injured in World War I.  In 1934, my grandmother Lora died.  My grandfather put his children into the O.S.S.O Home, one of them being my father, Charles, who was born in 1929.  My father lived at the orphanage until 1947 when he turned eighteen and was sent out of the orphanage, a day my dad often said was the worst of his life.  While in the orphanage, my dad gained an education, learned a skill, learned discipline in a military atmosphere, became the Captain of the Cadets, following in his brother’s footsteps, and was able to make a good life for him and his family.  He joined the Navy and was in during the Korea War.  He was my hero.  The O.S.S.O. home was a godsend for my father and many children over the years.   What an amazing coincidence that my dad’s own great grandfather had a hand in bringing about the home that housed, fed, cared for, and educated his own great grandchildren.  In short, a great legacy for John N. Weeks.  

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