Many of you know that I enjoy genealogy. Several years ago while researching my father’s lineage, I came across the Fold3 site that accumulates military records. They have an enormous digital library of records including some on the Civil War. These were the records that I was interested in at the time because I knew that I had two and perhaps 3 great grandfathers who were killed or died during the duration of the tragic (and many believe necessary) happening of the battles between the North and South.
One of the records that the Fold3 site provided is shown at the right. This is a copy of the Company Muster Roll of Company K, 2nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment for September and October 1861. Pvt. Graham was noted to be from Inka Mississippi. He had signed up for 7 months duty and his recruiter was noted to be Lieutenant H. Davenport. At that company muster James was noted to be sick in camp.
A latter company muster roll indicates that James was absent because he had been wounded. This report was for the months July and August 1862. It also notes that he had been promoted to Sergeant. There is a record from General Hospital, Howard’s Grove, Richmond, Virginia dated October 1, 1862 indicating that James was admitted to the hospital. A later record indicates that he was furloughed on October 8, 1862 for 30 days. A footnote says that he had an index and middle finger amputated from the right hand. According to further records he had returned to duty on the November and December 1862 muster roll.
The first part of 1863 indicated that James was present at the company until the July – August Company Muster Roll showed him to be absent. A further note indicated that he had been captured at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. Other company muster rolls indicated that he was prisoner of war being held at Ft. Delaware, Delaware. He died of Influenza of the Lung on April 16, 1865.
Burial records indicate that his body and the bodies of several dozens of other prisoners were buried at Finnis Point National Cemetery at Salem, New Jersey, Site 833. This is on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River and there is a large tombstone over the burial site with all the names of those interred in this mass grave. Rest in peace great grandfather James W. W. Graham.