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Chris James, born Christopher David James, is a Civil War re-enactor with The “Tuckahoe Braves,” 27th North Carolina, Company D, Confederate States of America.
He appears in the photo galleries of the group’s web site.
Chris lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he is employed in the security office for Fort Bragg. A native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Chris settled in North Carolina following his real military service as a sergeant with the 2/504 Infantry. PIR 82nd, Airborne Division, having served in Afghanistan from December, 2002, to August, 2003.
On the James side of his family, Chris proudly claims his cousins, Frank & Jesse James. He’s also a cousin to Walmart founder Sam Walton, his aunt Anne being a close family confidant to the Walton family. On his grandmother’s side, Christ also claims the aviatior-industrialist Howard Hughes as a cousin.
Of his re-enactments, Chris says, “I try my best at re-enactments and living history events to be accurately as possible to do some justice to what our ancestors endured.”
Recently Chris asked for an enumeration of who among his James relatives served in the Civil War. Specifically he asked, who was on which side.
For the first time, a list now has been compiled from the family’s genealogy and appears below.
Allen Custer Herrin, husband of Susan Harriet James: Oct 12, 1864, Discharged 2nd KY Volunteers, Cavalry Co F, Union
Andrew James, Union. Not identified in the genealogy, only in the diary of Allen Custer Herrin who comments on the death of Andrew James in service.
Cyrenius Waite James: Union. Wounded & POW. Company B, 79th Illinois Volunteer Infantry
John Thomas James: Pvt. Company B, 12th Kentucky Volunteers, Union
Rev. John James 1862-1917: Co E. 54th Kentucky Infantry, Union.
William Henry Williams James: Graduate West Point 1868. Commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the 24th United States Infantry. Fort Concho, San Angelo TX 24th Infantry, Company K
Thomas Hardin Williams James: Attempted to enroll in the U. S. Naval Academy, but he did not pass the examination. Union
Henry James Newton: Union. Assisted Civil War photographer Matthew Brady.
Joel M. James: CSA, brother of John Thomas James
William R. James: CSA
Joseph McAlister “Mack” James: sympathetic to the North. His son Francis Marion James Sr. was CSA.
Andrew Jackson “A.J.” James, served under Preston Leslie & Sterling Price, CSA
William H. “Will” James 1835-1896: Was reported by Herrin in-law that he rode briefly with Frank & Jesse James, but returned home, all shot up and badly crippled for the rest of his life.
John C. Breckenridge Griffin 1824-1907: In the fall of 1861 he joined the Missouri Guards, Company E, Third Missouri Regiment, South. He served under General JOHN B. CLARK until 1863. He was in the Battle of Lexington, Missouri, and other battles. (3rd Division under Sterling Price.)
James Vardeman Matson: Davis Mounted Rifles, commanded by Captain James V. Matson. CSA
Robert Allen Williams James: Attended West Point. Co E, 11th Tennessee Infantry Regulars CSA
Burton Allen James: CSA sympathizer
Henry A. James 1837-Oct 2-4,1862. CSA Killed at Battle of Corinth, MS
Thruston P. “Tommy” James 1846-May 16, 1863. CSA Killed at Champion’s Hill, MS
David Hunt James: CSA, Co A, Second Regiment, Kentcuky Volunteer Cavalry. Jul 19, 1863: Captured at Buffington’s Island with Morgan’s Raiders, imprisoned at Camp Douglas, near Chicago, IL., paroled Feb 1865. Member of the John C. Breckenridge Camp, Confederate Veteran Association.
Richard Skinner James: Morgan’s Men’s Association: James, Richard. A private Co. P.O.W. Camp Douglas rec’d Aug. 18, 1863 transferred to Point Lookout, MD Feb. 24, 1865.
Henry Field James Jr. b.1799: CSA sympathizer. Author of the book “Abolitionism Unveiled”
Oscar Dunreath West: CSA, never returned home from the war.
Robert Woodson Hite: Quantrill Guerilla
Clarence Jeff Hite: Quantrill Guerilla
Thomas Martin “T.M: James: CSA sympathizer. Close friend of Jefferson Davis.
William Wythe James: undocumented family member. Served under Quantrill.
Alexander Franklin James, aka Frank James. Partisan guerilla with William Clarke Quantrill
Jesse Woodson James, aka Jesse James. Partisan guerilla with William Clarke Quantrill
John Henry Griffin, 1814-1864, Murdered by James Vonsin, a soldier.
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