Newhall in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
William J. Johnston Jr.
"Willie” was a five foot tall, eleven year-old drummer boy in Company D, Third Vermont Volunteers Infantry of the Union Army, when he earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. He alone saved his drum and held his ground, and his devotion to duty is an inspiration to children and adults alike. Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Stanton honored Willie with the following words:
"For exemplifying the spirit of all our soldiers, and for serving your country so well. The nation has decided to honor you. May all our citizens demonstrate the devotion shown by this young man."
Erected 2005 by Historical Veterans Memorial Committee.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 16, 1863.
Location. 34° 22.659′ N, 118° 31.721′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24275 Walnut St, Newhall CA 91321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Saugus School Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); William S. Hart Park and Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Bison (approx. ¼ mile away); End of an Era (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edison House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pioneer Oil Refinery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Eternal Valley (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newhall.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 4, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.