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Pvt James McDonald
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Birth: 1813
Campbell County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Dec. 9, 1863
Henrico County
Virginia, USA

James McDonald was a Private in Company G, 2nd Regiment Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, Union. He was captured at Rogersville Tennessee, November 6, 1863.

While on the way to Richmond, "James McDonald [better known as 'Uncle Jim'] would aggravate the rebels by sympathizing with the Southern Confederacy, and saying he was sorry for the rebel soldiers, but just at that time he was not in circumstances to help them but would see them later. Then he would provoke them by singing:

Abe Lincoln is a clever man;
Jeff Davis is a fool
Abe Lincoln rides on a big white horse,
Jeff Davis rides a mule.

Shove around your grog, boys,
All around the room;
We are the boys that fear no noise,
Although we're far from home."

-Harrison Reed, Company G

First confined at Belle Isle, he died at General Hospital #21, Richmond. His National Archives file does not give a place of burial.

When the Richmond National Cemetery opened in 1866, most of the first burials were reinterments of Union soldiers from other sites in the area. Those reburied included 3,200 from Oakwood Cemetery and 388 from Hollywood Cemetery. They were primarily men who perished while prisoners of war in area military hospitals. 210 Federal dead from the Belle Isle prison camp cemetery were also reinterred there. Pvt. James McDonald likely was one of the 5700 unknown soldiers buried at Richmond National Cemetery.

James McDonald married Malinda Lawson on May 2, 1844, in Campbell County, Tennessee. Their children:
Farazina McDonald Marlow abt. 1844-
Hugh L. McDonald 1859- 
Family links: 
  James McDonald (1758 - 1848)
  Newton McDonald (1842 - 1913)*
  Parazida McDonald Keeton (1847 - 1920)*
  James Seward McDonald (1849 - 1927)*
  Elihue McDonald (1852 - 1907)*
  Sterling J. McDonald (1856 - 1921)*
  Sarah Elizabeth McDonald McDonald (1858 - 1925)*
  Amos McDonald (1808 - 1884)*
  James McDonald (1813 - 1863)
  Nancy McDonald Lewallen (1818 - 1896)*
  Samuel McDonald (1820 - 1882)*
*Calculated relationship
Richmond National Cemetery
Henrico County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Unknown Soldier
Created by: Steve McDonald
Record added: Mar 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86736346
Pvt James McDonald
Added by: Steve McDonald
Pvt James McDonald
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My 4th Great Uncle. Thank you for your service.
- Kevin Colwell
 Added: Nov. 22, 2016

- Evans
 Added: Jan. 16, 2016
a Civil War soldier from East Tennessee
- Gay Hobt Morton
 Added: Jul. 27, 2015
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