1895 US Army Register of Enlistments
Sam Johnson enlisted June 8, 1895 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois for a three year term. He was born around December 1873. He is listed as 21 years and 5 months old. His occupation is listed as laborer. His eyes are brown, hair black and complexion dark yellow. His height is listed as 5' 6 1/2". He was assigned to the 25th Infantry, Co. G. He was discharged June 7, 1898 at the expiration of his service at Tampa, Florida with a rank of private and rating of "Good".
1898 US Army Register of Enlistments
On July 6, 1898 Johnson re-enlisted at Atlanta, Georgia for three years. He was 23 years and 7 months old. His occupation is listed as soldier. His eyes are described as being brown; his hair black and his complexion yellow. His height is listed as 5' 8". He is still with the 25th Infantry, Co. G. He was discharged February 23, 1899 at Fort Logan, Colorado with the "rank" of musician and character rating "Good".
1899 US Army Register of Enlistments
Johnson re-enlisted for the third time on February 25, 1899 at Fort Logan, Colorado. His birthplace is listed as Birmingham, Alabama and his age is listed as 26 years and 2 months old. His occupation is listed as soldier. His eyes are described as being brown 2, his hair black and his complexion yellow. His height is listed as 5' 8". He is with the 25th Infantry, Co. M. He deserted on May 13, 1899.
This is where the story may take an interesting turn.....
1900 United States Census - Walsenburg Town, Heurfano, Colorado
This census lists a Sam Johnson from Alabama, born in March 1873 (his enlistment records indicate a birthday closer to December). His age is listed as 27. Johnson is married to a woman named Sarah who was born in January 1879 with an age of 21. Both are listed as being black. They have been married 0 years. Both are from Alabama with parents from Alabama. Sam can read and write but his wife Sarah can not. His occupation is listed as "coal miner". Three boarders are listed as living in the house: Petty Willie a black, 47 year-old male from Tennessee; Allen Lucien, also a black, 47 year-old male, from Illinois; and, Ramond (sp? - Raymond) James, a 31 year-old black male from Alabama. Almost all of the other people on this census page are Hungarian, Polish, Italian and Bohemian. The people next door, John and Sallie Morrs (sp? - Morris) are from Alabama and Georgia.
[Is this the Sam Johnson of the Bicycle Corps?]