Civil War Veteran
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JAMES E. McGEE - He succeeded Colonel Kelly, and commanded two brigades of the First Division, Second Corps, for a considerable period during the most active preliminary movements of Grant's campaign, until he was honourably discharged after three years' service, and on account of wounds received at Petersburg, Virginia, June 16, 1864.
Colonel McGee was born in 1830, near the village of Cushendall, in the county of Antrim, Ireland; and was educated at St. Peter's College. Between 1847 and 1848, he was sub-editor of the "Nation", and secretary of a Confederate club.
After the failure of the Young Ireland movement he emmigrated to the United States, and was for several years connected with the Irish American Press. He finally joined the volunteer service of the United States; commanded Company F, 69th until 1865, when, after reorganizing the regiment, he was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel.
Colonel McGee was very popular in the army, on account of his agreeable, social, manly demeanour; for gallantry and great executive ability and military tact, he had few superiors.