In the photo the lady on right is Mary Sterling Lasher born 26 jul 1851, standing next to her is Maude born 1880, then Anna Lea born 1877, my grandmother,and then Adaha born 1875,
the two boys are Berton and Charles. there was one more child born 1893 after the photo she was Lila.
Our subject is one John "Jack" Lasher. born either in Stone Arabia or Nelliston, New York his father sold his farm and moved to Nelliston about the year that "Jack" was born. The father George opened the store in front of the Pickard house and made shoes.
From the time he was born until August 26th 1862, we know very little about him- on this day he enlisted as Private of Captain Garrett Vanderveer's company "A". 115th Regiment of New York Volunteer Infantry, Col Simeon Sammons Commander.. His company was mustered at Fonda 26 aug 1862 and joined the 8th Corp at Harpers Ferry,W.Va. there they were forced to surrender 15 sep 1862 and was sent to Camp Douglas, Chicago. By November they were exchanged, and he went to Washington with Casey's Division, eventually assigned to 10th corp.,Army of the James; district of Florida,1st Brigade 24th corp. When he arrived in Florida his regiment was under the command of general Seymour, in Feb of 1864 his unit was moved to central Florida to Olustee Station were on the 20th Feb a skirmish with parts of Conf Gen. Finegan took place this erupted into full scale battle with approximately 5,000 troops on each side. The Union was taking a beating so Gen Seymour ordered Col Sammon's company and two colored regiments the 54th Massachusetts and 35th U.S.C.T. with orders to cover the retreat of the remaining army. They fought gallantry, giving the Union time to withdraw, however they were not able to remove the dead or wounded from the field. "Jack" was in the midst of the battle and received a ball in the ankle- he was left on the field. The confederate force did not peruse the Union which gave them time to retreat to Jacksonville.
In the meantime the Confederate Soldiers, outraged that they were fighting colored troops killed all the wounded colored soldiers approximately 310 this was the highest ratio of deaths to participants in any battle of the Civil War, this has been confirmed by both sides and by letters from "Jack" the rest of the wounded were carried to Tallahasee, Fla. where Jack was held two weeks,then sent to Andersonville prison for eight and one half weeks, It was here that he removed the ball from his ankle, this was made into a watch fob which he wore all his lifetime and is still in the family.
He was then taken to a prison in Maryland for two weeks after which he was exchanged Nov. 19,1864, and sent to hospital in Annapolis,Md. After a two week stay he was sent home on Furlough- to report for discharge on 15 of June 1865 at Chestnut Hill Hospital,Phila. Pa.
He was united in marriage 9 oct 1870, with Mary Sterling born 28 jul 1851 died Aug 1941
Jack was a restless man, He made some good investments in the village of Nelliston, he owned to meat market located in front of the Pickard property, a beautiful brick home next the the village store on river street were his family lived and Mary died.
He also built a three story brick apartment building. In the photo it is the third building you can see on the left. It burned some years ago.
When gold was discovered in West, a group of men formed a corporation and "Jack" was selected [probably volunteered] to go west and search out some claims, he was gone a couple of years. He brought back some samples and claims that never amounted to anything. [In 1941 while working with boy scouts I was cleaning out a attic in the Bear Home in Fort Plain, found a leather traveling bag with the claims and gold samples from this corporation I turned it over to the owners and have never been able to find out what happened to it.]