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The following text is reproduced from (the report of the) Twenty-Second Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 12th, 1891.

 p40  James H. Stokes
No. 802. Class of 1835.
Died, December 27, 1890, at New York, N. Y., aged 77.

Brigadier General James H. Stokes, U. S. Volunteers, was born in Maryland in 1814; Cadet U. S. Military Academy from June, 1831, to July 1, 1835. On graduation, he was commissioned Brevet Second Lieutenant Second U. S. Artillery, and after by transfer to the Fourth U. S. Artillery August 14, 1835; passed in that regiment through the grades of Second Lieutenant June  p41 11, 1836, and First Lieutenant July 7, 1838. May 21, 1839, he was appointed Captain and Assistant Quartermaster U. S. Army, but resigned from the army September 30, 1843, and engaged in manufacturing and railroad business, removing in 1858 to the State of Illinois.

The spring of 1861 found him with conspicuous patriotism, loyally and actively engaged, under the authority and direction of the Illinois State Legislature, at Springfield, Illinois, in procuring arms and material of war for the Union cause and in personally aiding in the equipment of Volunteers for the field.

In 1862 he became commander of the so‑called "Captain Stokes' Battery" Volunteer Artillery, also called the "Board of Trade Battery," organized at Chicago July 31, 1862. He served with his Battery during the campaign of 1863 in Middle Tennessee, in General Turchin's Brigade of Cavalry, gaining distinction and special mention for gallant and efficient service in the operations of that Brigade against the enemy.

August 22, 1864, he was appointed Captain and Assistant Adjutant General U. S. Volunteers, serving as such until July 20, 1865, on which date he was made Brigadier-General U. S. Volunteers, being mustered out of service in that grade, August 24, 1865.

James H. Stokes was from his Cadetship of marked soldierly qualities and manly personal bearing, of resolute will, tempered by kindly and gentlemanly disposition and manners.

A classmate contributes this brief and imperfect sketch as a tribute of respect and esteem to the memory of a patriotic and accomplished officer of the Government, and of an honored graduate whose loss from the very small band of survivors of the class of 1835 will be greatly lamented.

Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.J. H. E.

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