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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1862

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Frederick J. James

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Frederick Joseph James: Born Sep. 26, 1841.​a1

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1858, to June 17, 1862, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Cavalry, June 17, 1862.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862‑64: with the Escort to the Headquarters of the Army of the Potomac, July, 1862, to Feb., 1863, in the Virginia Peninsular, Maryland, and Rappahannock Campaigns, being engaged in covering the Movement of the Army from Harrison's Landing, Aug., 1862, — in the Battle of South Mountain, Md., Sep. 14, 1862, — Battle of Antietam, Md., Sep. 17, 1862, — March to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862, — and Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 13, 1862; in garrison at Columbus, Ky., Feb. 8 to Mar. 12, 1863; on Expedition up the Tennessee River to near Pittsburg Landing, Ten., destroying Rebel craft and other property, and returning to Ft. Heiman, Ky., and thence marching to Columbus, Mar. 12‑19, 1863; in garrison and Scouting about Columbus, Ky., Mar. 19 to Apr. 13, 1863; as Asst. Commissary of Musters, 6th Division, 16th Army Corps, Mar. 13 to Aug. 10, 1863; in command of Company, and as Acting Ordnance Officer, at Camp McRae, near Memphis, Ten., Sep. 4 to Oct. 8, 1963, — and while on the March to Corinth, Mis., was engaged in the Action of Colliersville, Ten., Oct. 11, 1863, where he was severely wounded; on sick leave of absence, disabled by wound, Oct. 12, 1863, to Feb. 10, 1864;

(First Lieut., 3d Cavalry, Oct. 27, 1863)

 p865  and on "such light duty as he may be able to perform until fit for service in the field," at New York, headquarters of the Department of the East, Feb. 10 to Aug. 4, 1864, when, by the falling of his horse, he was

Killed, Aug. 4, 1864, near Cold Spring, N. Y.: Aged 23.​a2

Buried, Cold Spring Cemetery, Cold Spring, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a1 a2 Lt. James's date of birth as I give it here is calculated from his tombstone, q.v., which also gives his full name; that tombstone explicitly makes him "22 years 10 months and 8 days" old at his death.

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