Son of Hiram Briggs and Susanna Shattuck.
Excerpt from the Rutland County Vermont Biographies:
"Briggs, Hiram Fairhaven:
Hiram Briggs was born in West Castleton, Vt., in 1806; he was married in 1828 to Susanna Shattuck, who was born in Castleton, Vt. in 1808. They have had eight children born to them, three sons and five daughters. Two daughters are now living, Martha Jane and Hattie. Hattie married Orange Woodin December, 1869. Martha J. has been a teacher and has developed a marked aptitude in writing poetry. One son, James Tilly, enlisted in the First Vermont Cavalry, served two years, and was compelled by sickness to return home, where he died on October 22, 1864. He did not die on the battle-field where many fall in pride, but in our own dear home our soldier brother and son died. Hiram and Susanna settled on their homestead in 1828, where Hiram died on October 7, 1873."
From: U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
Name: James T. Briggs
Regiment State/Origin: Vermont
Regiment Name: 1 Vermont Cavalry
Regiment Name Expanded: 1st Regiment, Vermont Cavalry
Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Corporal
Rank Out Expanded: Corporal
Film Number: M557 roll 2
From: American Civil War Soldiers
Name: James Briggs
Enlistment Date: 21 Sep 1861
Side Served: Union
State Served: Vermont
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 21 September 1861.
Enlisted in Company F, 1st Cavalry Regiment Vermont on 19 Nov 1861. Promoted to Full Corporal on 20 Feb 1863.
Died of disease Company F, 1st Cavalry Regiment Vermont on 21 Oct 1863.