(1830 - 1903)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Command Billet: Commanding Detachment
Branch of Service: Cavalry
In 1860 he was a peddler living with his father in Nicholson Township, Fayette County, PA. He enrolled as First Lieutenant, Company A, First (West) Virginia Cavalry about 1 July 1861. He was then commissioned First Lieutenant of Gilmore's Company - Company L, Second (West) Virginia Cavalry - on 16 October 1861.1
On the Campaign
He commanded the Company in Maryland.
The rest of the War
He mustered out of service at expiration of the term of service of the Regiment on 27 August 1864 at Wheeling, WV.1
After the War
By 1880 and to at least 1900 he was a farmer in Nicholson, Fayette County, PA.
References & notes
Additional service details from the index to his Compiled Service Records. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Sara Janet O'Donovan (1841-1919) and they had 9 children between 1869 and 1885, 6 of whom survived him.
Thanks to Bob Arrington for the pointer to look harder at Lt. Abraham.
More on the Web
Descendant Evelyn Abraham Benson published his memoirs and letters as With the Army of West Virginia, 1861-1864; reminiscences & letters of Lt. James Abraham, Pennsylvania Dragoons, Company A First Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (1974).
11/14/1830; Georges Township, Fayette County, PA
01/23/1903; Fayette County, PA; burial in Mt Moriah Cemetery, Smithfield, PA