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Sgt. James Collins
Company B
63rd NY Infantry
Civil War

Sgt. James Collins
29 years old upon enlistment
Enlisted on 8/7/1861 at New York City, NY as a Private.
On 8/7/1861 he mustered into "A" Co. NY 63rd Infantry
He Re-enlisted on 12/28/1863
Wounded and captured on 6/22/1864 at Petersburg, VA
He died a POW on 8/1/1864 at Libby Prison, Richmond, VA

The following information supplied by Dennis Doyle, Great-great-grandson of Collins.
Mr. Doyle also donated the digitial image of Collins
James enlisted as a Private in Company A of the 63rd NY Volunteers on 8/7/1861.
He was born in Galway, Ireland, was married to Ann Collins and had two
small children, Margaret and Michael. He fought with the 63rd of the Irish
Brigade and II Corps for three years. On June 21, 1864 Sergeant Major James
Collins was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Jerusalem
Road/Weldon Railroad during the Second Siege of Petersburg. He was shipped
to Libby Prison in Richmond, VA and died of his wounds on 8/1/1864. His
pension files list his burial place as Mount Arlington but no cemetery by
that name has been found to exist.

 

 

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