|Birth: ||Aug. 31, 1839|
|Death: ||Oct. 16, 1892|
Married Wednesday, September 21, 1864 at the Christ Episopal Church, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. Eight children were born to this couple.
DROUILLARD ~ Died; in Nashville, Tennessee, October 16, 1892, JAMES PIERRE DROUILLARD, late captain United States Army, aged 53 years, 1 month, 16 days.
JAMES PIERRE DROUILLARD was born on the 31st of August, 1839, in Gallipolis, Ohio, and died on the 16th of October, 1892, at his home, in Nashville, Tennessee. He was of Huguenot ancestry. He became a cadet at the West Point Military Academy in 1857, and graduated in 1861. GENERAL CUSTER and other offices prominent in the Civil War were members of the same class.
When scarcely out of his school of instruction he had to learn the rough lessons of actual war. The new-fledged officer was commissioned in the Sixth United States Infantry and at once assigned to duty upon the staff of MAJOR-GENERAL McDOWELL. In July, 1861, at the battle of Bull Run, his horse was killed and he was seriously wounded by the explosion of a Confederate shell. He was assigned later to the staff of GENERAL McCLELLAN. In 1862, he was appointed aide upon the personal staff of MAJOR-GENERAL W.S. ROSECRANS, commanding the Army of the Cumberland. CAPTAIN DROUILLARD proved a most efficient officer and assistant, and GENERAL ROSECRANS, and his army family became sincerely attached to him.
A number of most important dispatches and orders, issued to the army during the campaigns in Middle Tennessee and Georgia, will be found to be in CAPTAIN DROUILLARD'S writing. In his personal field note-book several orders are also preserved in the familiar handwriting of GENERAL GARFIELD, one of his associates through these campaigns. During the eventful days and nights of the battle of Chickamauga he wrote, at GENERAL ROSECRANS'S dictation, several of the orders upon which the fate of the Union Army depended. He rode gallantly beside his chief through the storm of danger and disaster that befell the right of the army, and was well known and respected by his Comrades as a faithful, intelligent and brave young officer.
When GENERAL ROSECRANS retired from the command of that army and was transferred to the command of the military department at St. Louis, CAPTAIN DROUILLARD accompanied him as his special aide.
Not long after his active service in the field the captain returned to Tennessee, where he won the affections of Miss FLORENCE KIRKMAN, and later married her, a romance of the war-time well remembered. Those who were present at the wedding, in the old Episcopal Church at Nashville, in 1864, will not have forgotten the manly young officer, his handsome face and figure, ami the beautiful young bride and heiress. Times have changed since then. The Southern friends and relatives of the b ride soon learned to appreciate CAPTAIN DROUILLARD'S worth qualities of heart and head, and he proved an honored and useful citizen of his adopted state.
During his residence in Nashville he won the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. Modest, retiring, generally reticent, he sometimes seemed cold and distant in manner, but his real nature was warm and sympathetic. In his business relations he was invariably considerate and just, a gentleman by instinct. A faithful and devoted husband and father, he appeared to the greatest advantage in his own home, surrounded by his family, or in the circle of his intimate friends.
For some years past the captain has been in failing health, and has lived a somewhat retired life, but his sudden death was painful surprise to his family and friends.
He was a familiar figure at the meetings of his old Comrades of the Army of the Cumberland, and there was many a deep sigh and sad reflection when they learned that he had passed away.
SOURCE: SOCIETY of the ARMY of the Cumberland, TWENTY-FOURTH REUNION, CLEVELAND, OHIO 1893. Published by Order of the Society. CINCINNATI ROBERT CLARKE & CO. 1894.
Another obituary reads:
"A former Well-known Cincinnati River Man Dies at Nashville October 18.
Captain J.P. Drouillard a prominent citizen and capitalist, died suddenly after a brief illness. He was 53 years of age and had lived in Nashville since the war, being a native of Cincinnati. He was a member of General Rosencrans' staff while he commanded the Army of the Cumberland. At one time he was a prominent iron master in this state."
Researched and transcribed by:
Sherri L. Czuchra on October 13, 2011.
Joseph Pierre Drouillard (1796 - 1895)
Sarah Bowen Drouillard (1801 - 1861)
Mary Florence Kirkman Drouillard (1843 - 1905)*
James Pierre Drouillard (1874 - 1923)*
Anthony Wayne Drouillard (1821 - 1873)*
Christopher Columbus Drouillard (1829 - 1863)*
Joseph Drouillard (1835 - 1920)*
James Pierre Drouillard (1839 - 1892)
CAPT U.S. ARMY
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