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Federal (USA)


James Porter Martin

(1836 - 1895)

Home State: Kentucky

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1860;Class Rank: 16th

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Army of the Potomac

Before Antietam

He graduated from West Point in July 1860, was brevetted 2nd Lieutenant, 6th United States Infantry, then commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, 7th United States Infantry on 20 December. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 14 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was an aide-de-camp to General McClellan on the Maryland Campaign on 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain on 2 January 1863. He was honored by brevets to Major (for Gettysburg) and Lieutenant Colonel, USA (war service).

After the War

He continued in the Army and was appointed Major and Assistant Adjutant General (AAG) on 10 April 1869 and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and AAG on 28 February 1887. He died while still in service at age 58.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and Cullum;2 his Cullum number is 1862. Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Alice Bacon (1845-1899) in October 1864 in Washington, DC and they had a daughter Ethel in 1880.


09/27/1836; Louisville, KY


02/17/1895; Chicago, IL; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 692  [AotW citation 29069]

2   Cullum, George Washington, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the US Military Academy, 2nd Edition, 3 vols., New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1868-79, Vol. II, pp. 757-758  [AotW citation 29070]