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Corp James M. Irwin
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Birth: 1840
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 3, 1864
Alexandria
Fairfax County
Virginia, USA

Corporal James M. Irvin enlisted in Company E, 201st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on Aug.19, 1864. He was promoted to Corporal on November 11, 1864 and was killed by the accidental discharge of a musket in the hands of a comrade on December 3, 1864.

These are the movements of Corporal Irvin's regiment:

On the 18th of September 1864, company E was ordered to Scranton, and upon its arrival, reported to Captain S. N. Bradford, Provost Marshal of the district, and was employed in provost duty. On the 22d, the remaining companies were again led out upon a three days' march for exercise, accompanied by artillery.
On the 28th, the command was ordered to Pittsburgh, and had proceeded as far as Huntingdon, when the order was countermanded, and it was directed to proceed via Washington and Alexandria to Manassas Junction, and was deployed for duty along the line of the Manassas Gap Railroad, with headquarters at Gainesville. Subsequently it moved to Thoroughfare Gap, where it remained until the road was broken up and the iron removed. On the 13th of November, it was ordered to Alexandria, and was placed in Camp Slough. It was here engaged in guard duty in the city, in the defenses south of the Potomac, and upon railroad trains, and as escort to recruits and stragglers on their way to the front.

Corporal Irvin was with his company at Camp Slough, Alexandria, Virgina in December 1864 when he became the only man in his regiment to be killed during the course of its service.

Source: Bates, Samuel P. History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg, 1868-1871. 
 
Burial:
Upper Octorara Church Cemetery
Parkesburg
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Billy Walker
Record added: May 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70185284
 

 
 
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