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Pvt James B. Nellis
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Birth: Feb. 23, 1847
Death: Sep. 7, 1864

Private Nellis enlisted at 18 years old in the summer of 1862 at Campbell, N.Y.. His, and many other enlistments were in answer to the call by President Lincoln for 300,000 new troops. The 107th was one of the first regiments to organize and be filled. Pvt. Nellis had survived The baptism of fire for the unit at Antietam. They were also at Chancellorsville, Va.,Gettysburg, Pa. where they escaped almost unscathed, and Resaca, Ga. Now, on May 25, 1864 they would face the retreating rebel army's full fury at Dallas, Ga. (New Hope Church). Gen. Sherman, believing that a confederate position that he was approaching was lightly defended prepared his 20th corps commander, "fighting Joe" Hooker to assault the rebel earthworks. In truth, the Federals were facing 5,000 seasoned veterans with 16 cannon in a well entrenched position. Their commander, Gen. John B. Hood, was not perhaps known for his brains, but no one doubted his bravery and tenacity. Most of Hooker's men attack and immediately feel the brunt of Sherman's mistake. In the pelting rain they charge and are cut down by the hundreds. After several desperate charges the attack is called off, with nothing gained and much lost. One veteran of the 107th counted at least 7 bullet holes in his uniform, yet he survived. So many, it became clear, did not. Pvt. Nellis was severely wounded and was moved to Jefferson, In. He died at Joe Holt hospital on 9/7/1864. The simplest, and perhaps most appropriate description of the battle was made by a Union soldier when he called New Hope Church "The Hellhole". 
 
Inscription:
Pvt. Co. "F" 107th N.Y. Inf.
 
Burial:
New Albany National Cemetery
New Albany
Floyd County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sec. B, site 397
 
Created by: Tony Cossean
Record added: Feb 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24664753
Pvt James B. Nellis
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Pvt James B. Nellis
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Pvt James B. Nellis
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