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Federal (USV)


James Winfield Staples

(1838 - 1890)
Home State: Massachusetts
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 78th New York Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He enrolled at age 24 on 2 December 1861 in New York City to serve 3 years; mustered in as Private, Company A, 78th New York Infantry on 24 April 1862 and promoted Sergeant-Major, same date.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He took command of Company I after the death of Captain Mitchell on on 17 September 1862 at Antietam. He was commissioned Captain 7 November to date from the battle.

The remainder of the War:
He resigned and was discharged 10 April 1863 at XII Corps Headquarters, Stafford Court House, VA.

After the War:
He moved to San Fransisco, CA and was active in the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). He had also been a Colonel in the California National Guard.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from State of New York1 and his death notice in the Oakland Tribune of 26 December 1890. Details from a bio sketch (and a fine post-war photo) of him from the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Commissioned Captain, 7 November 1862, with rank from 17 September 1862, vice P. M . T. Mitchell, killed in action.

Birth Date: 07/14/1838    Place of Birth: New Bedford, MA    
Death Date: 12/23/1890    Death Place: Oakland, CA    Burial Place: Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, for the Year 1901 (Serial No. 29), pp. 732 - 789  [AotW citation 15421]

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