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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1840

Vol. II

(Born N. C.)

James G. Martin

(Ap'd N. C.)


James Green Martin: Born Feb. 14, 1819, Elizabeth City, NC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1836, to July 1, 1840, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1840.

Served: on Maine Frontier, at Houlton, 1840‑43, pending "Disputed Territory" controversy; in garrison at Ft. Sullivan, Me., 1843‑44, — Hancock Barracks, Me., 1844‑45, — and Ft. Adams, R. I., 1845; on Coast Survey, Nov. 20, 1845, to May 19, 1846; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑47, being engaged in the Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, —

(First Lieut., 1st Artillery, Feb. 16, 1847, to Dec. 24, 1853)

Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Skirmish of Ocalaca, Aug. 16, 1847, — Battle of

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Aug. 5, 1847)

Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847,

(Bvt. Major, Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

where he was severely wounded, losing his right arm; and on Quartermaster duty at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1848‑55, — Schuylkill Arsenal, Pa., 1857‑58, — Nebraska City, 1858‑59, — and Ft. Riley, Kan., 1859‑61.

Resigned, June 14, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Lay Deputy, from North Carolina, to the General Protestant Episcopal Convention, held at New York city, 1874. Counselor at Law, Asheville, N. C., 1866‑78.

Died, Oct. 4, 1878, at Asheville N. C.: Aged 59.

Buried, Riverside City Cemetery, Asheville, NC.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was a prominent general, one of the last to surrender to the Northern army. The deficiency is made good on several websites, and maybe best at Thomas' Legion; details of his work in mobilizing the troops of North Carolina at the beginning of the war are given by Hamilton in History of North Carolina, III.7 ff.

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