Private John R. Flood was born in 1829 in County Monaghan, Ireland. He is described as 5' 7", with gray eyes, dark complexion and dark hair. Prior to enlisting, John was a laborer. He enlisted for a two-year period in Company B of the 36th New York Infantry Regiment on May 16, 1861 in Newburgh, New York as a Private. He was wounded in action at Malvern Hill, Virginia on July 1, 1862 and was discharged with his company on July 15, 1863 in New York City.
There is confusion in the public records, another of which states he enlisted on May 13, 1861 in New York for two years as a Sergeant in Company H of the 36th New York infantry and deserted on July 12, 1861 in New York. Obviously, there's a problem with these records since he apparently recovered enough to enlist in Company I of the 17th Connecticut infantry on August 11, 1862 as a resident of Greenwich . He received an invalid's pension on June 1, 1881 and died on May 19, 1888 at the Togus, Maine, at the veterans' hospital.
This information is found on 4t41 5 of the New York Data Base. His tombstone is # 8577 in WPA locations, Hillside plot. He is Ancestry 1861-65 NARA M535/roll 6, is ff41 4 and ft41 5 on NY Data Base. He is not in the 1890 Veterans' census, nor on Richard Lander's list of Middle Patent.