(1833 - ?)
Home State: Virginia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 37th Virginia Infantry
He lived with his parents in Clay County, IL until his father died in 1840. His mother then took sons Robert, James, and Thomas back to her childhood home in Washington County, VA. She never re-married.
On 22 July 1861 James enlisted and mustered as Private, Company H, 37th Virginia Infantry in Abingdon, VA. He was appointed 3rd Sergeant in August 1861 and was elected First Lieutenant at the reorganization on 22 April 1862.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was wounded in both thighs at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 12 May 1864, was briefly at Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, VA, then sent on to the Emory & Henry Hospital on 17 May. There is no further military record.
References & notes
His service from Rankin1 via the Historical Data Systems database. His Sharpsburg wound from a casualty list in the Abingdon Virginian of 3 October 1862 online from the Library of Congress. Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He was son of the man thought to be the first pioneer (1820) in Clay County, IL, Moses Berry (1803-1840) and Dorcas L. Edmondson (1803-1871). His brother Thomas Thompson Berry (1836-1906) was a Private in Company H, but was not in Maryland.
Date not known; Washington County, VA; burial in Zion Methodist Church Cemetery, Abingdon, VA