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Federal (USA)


James Abraham, Jr.

(1830 - 1903)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Commanding Detachment

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: Gilmore's Company, West Virginia Cavalry

Before Antietam

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


1   Lang, Theodore F., Loyal West Virginia from 1861 to 1865, Baltimore: Deutsch Publishing, 1895, pg. 179  [AotW citation 960]