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Lieut James F. "Big Yankee" Ames
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Birth: 1826
Death: Oct. 9, 1864

Residence was not listed;
Enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant (date unknown).
Intra Regimental Company Transfers:
* from company A to company F
He also had service in:
"A" Co. VA Mosby's Part. Cavalry
"Big Yankee"
He was a Union deserter, a Sergeant of the Fifth New York Cavalry. He told Mosby that he had deserted on account of the Emancipation Proclamation, which, he said, showed that "the war had become a war for the Negro instead of a war for the Union."

As one of Mosby's men was riding along the road near Piedmont, on Sunday, October 9th, 1864, he saw a Federal soldier robbing the body of a dead Confederate. Levelling his pistol he fired, mortally wounding the Federal. Then riding up, he discovered the Confederate to be Lieutenant Ames. "Big Yankee" had long been a brave and faithful follower of Mosby. His death was regretted by all, as he was a universal favorite with all the command. He was buried close to the spot where he met his death. Later, a monument in his honor was dedicated at the Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.

(special thanks to Gideon Pete for the following info) I came across this site and saw a tintype of my good Pard, Steve Beoudreau. I am afraid that this is who's image you have posted and not that of the ORIGINAL James Ames. Steve is a Mosby re-enactor who has portrayed Ames for over twenty years. Do not feel bad. Your's is not the first site to post Steve as Big Yankee.
NOTE: Photo was added by Bev who is now deceased. He added a notation that photo was an actor who portrayed James F. Ames. 
Hollywood Cemetery
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Maintained by: Cousins by the Dozens
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: May 09, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19312114
Lieut James F. Big Yankee Ames
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Lieut James F. Big Yankee Ames
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Lieut James F. Big Yankee Ames
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Colonel Mosby
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 Added: Dec. 10, 2016

- R. W. Wright
 Added: Apr. 21, 2016

- Anne Wyatt
 Added: Jan. 18, 2014
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