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Confederate (CSV)

Sergeant

James Rufus James

(1841 - 1919)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 61st Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted in Company I as 3rd Corporal - May 5, 1862. Appointed 3rd Sergeant.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the right arm in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was in hospitals in Richmond, VA in September and October 1862. Appointed First Sergeant on 1 May 1863. Wounded slightly at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862. Wounded again, in the right leg, in action at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1, 1863, and again hospitalized in Richmond. Elected Jr. 2nd Lieutenant August 23, 1863. Wounded at Petersburg, Virginia, June 9, 1864; through both thighs at Fort Steadman, Virginia, March 25, 1865. Captured in a Richmond, Virginia, hospital April 3, 1865. Released at Johnsonís Island, Ohio, June 18, 1865. He was then described as of florid complexion, sandy hair and blue eyes, at 5 feet, 10 inches tall.

References & notes

Basic information from Henderson1. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave. Details from his service records at the National Archives.

Birth

11/24/1841; Twiggs County, GA

Death

12/12/1919 Butler, GA; burial in Butler Memorial Cemetery, Butler, GA

Notes

1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964, Vol. 6 (posted online by Ray Fincham, Jr.)  [AotW citation 13339]