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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Remembering Private James Douglass, Company A of the Fifteenth Kentucky

James Douglass was a forty-five-year-old stonecutter at the time of his enlistment. Born in Ireland, he was 5’6 ¼” with a dark complexion, hazel eyes and black hair. Douglass was wounded in the leg at the Battle of Stone River on December 31, 1862. He failed to return from the hospital on time but returned to the regiment on October 29, 1863 and was acquitted of desertion by a court-martial. He was discharged on December 22, 1864 in Bridgeport, Alabama, on a certificate of disability as a result of blindness, total in the left eye and partial in the right eye, and rheumatism. He had been living at the National Military Home in Dayton, Ohio for some years in the closing years of his life, and he died on August 4, 1881 in Milwaukee.

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