(c. 1840 - ?)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Texas Infantry
Age 21, he mustered as Private in Company L, First Texas Infantry on 30 August 1861 near Manassas, VA.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was wounded again, at Chickamauga, GA on 19 September 1862.
References & notes
Service information from Davis1 and Simpson.2
His picture from a group photograph taken in camp at Dumphries, VA in the winter of 1861-62, probably by fellow Company L Private "Tom" Blessing. James appears to be washing clothing. A copy print is in the Lawrence T. Jones III collection at SMU. Colonel Simpson identified the men in the picture as (l-r) Pvt Charles McCarty, Pvt. Joesph Nagle, Sgt. James W. Southwick (kia Gettysburg), and Pvt. James Nagle; all Company L, 1st Texas.
1 Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pg. 143 [AotW citation 1577]
2 Simpson, Harold Brown, Hood's Texas Brigade: a Compendium, Hillsboro: Hill Junior College Press, 1977, pp. 82, 487 (photo) [AotW citation 20898]