(1842 - 1918)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Branch of Service: Infantry
Age 19, he enlisted in Doylestown on 8 August 1862 and mustered as Private, Company C, 128th Pennsylvania Infantry on 14 August in Harrisburg.
On the Campaign
He was wounded by a gunshot to his right leg in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was discharged for wounds on 2 February 1863 at Reading. He enlisted again and mustered into Captain George R. Guss' Independent Battery of Light Artillery, Pennsylvania Emergency Militia on 1 July and mustered out with them on 24 August 1863.
After the War
He was a shoemaker in Lahaska, Solebury Township, Bucks County, PA in 1871, a laborer there in 1880, and a farmer by 1914. He began receiving a small federal veteran's pension for his Antietam wound in March 1882.
References & notes
Service information from Bates1 and the Register.2 Wound detail from Nelson.3 Personal details from family genealogists, Hersey's 1871-72 Business Directory and Gazetteer of Bucks County, the 1880 US Census, and Atkinson's 1914 Farm and Business Directory of Bucks County. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photo kindly provided by Dave Hann.
He married Mary Anne Michener (cousin?, 1845-1918) in 1869 and they had 2 sons; John Nelson (1870-1953) and Herbert Howell (1879-1949). James' brother Preston J. (1839-1910) was also in his Company in the 128th.
10/22/1842; Bucks County, PA
1918; burial in Carversville Cemetery, Bucks County, PA
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871 [AotW citation 23973]
2 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant General's Office, Register of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, 16 volumes, Harrisburg [AotW citation 23974]
3 Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 321 [AotW citation 23975]