John Deemer was the eldest son of John and Catherine
Deemer. Census records of 1850 indicate he
was born about 1845. Muster rolls for the 9th
Cavalry state that on 5 May1863 John enlisted in the
army at Harrisburg. His age is listed as 20,
making his birth year 1843. We know that his
younger brother, Aaron,
lied about his age to enlist. It’s likely that
John followed the example. Earlier that year,
Aaron reenlisted at Mossy Creek, TN. John joined
his brother and Co. G of the 9th PA Cavalry, 92nd
Regiment, in Tennessee.
“Ross’s store” was probably at
Rossville, a small town near the Tennessee / Georgia
border, along the railroad. It was the home of
John Ross, Chief of the Cherokee at the time of the
"Trail of Tears" when the Cherokees were forced to
emigrate to Oklahoma. After the Battle of
Chickamagua Rossville became a gathering point for
retreating Union soldiers. The Ross House became
a hospital. Earlier the Ross House was where a
posse was formed to chse Andrew's Raiders, the Union
soldiers who stole "The General" in what became known
as the Great Locomotive Chase."
The May-June 1865 muster rolls states
that John had died of wounds received in March,
In the 1880s John's mother, Catherine, filed claims for a mother's pension based on his Civil War service.
A statement from the Adjutent
General's office dated 12 Sept. 1883 details
John's miltary record.