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Maj James “Jim” Breathed

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Maj James “Jim” Breathed

Birth
Bath County, Virginia, USA
Death 14 Feb 1870 (aged 32)
Hancock, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Burial Hancock, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 13836336 View Source
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Maj. James Breathed was born near present-day Berkeley Springs, W. Va., on December 15, 1838, and moved while young with his family to Washington Co., Md. He attended St. James School in Lydia, where his father John Breathed was headmaster. At age 21, he graduated from the University of Maryland Medical School. The son of John William Breathed and Ann McGill Williams.

When the conflict started, he was practicing medicine in Saint Joseph, Missouri, he was compelled to enlist in the Army of Northern Virginia. Enlisted April 19,1861, at Martinsburg, (West) Virgina as a Private in Company B, 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment. Transfered to General J.E.B. Stuart's Horse Artillery, November 20, 1861. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant, Pelham's Battery, March 23, 1862. Promoted to Captain August 9, 1862. Promoted to Major of Artillery, February 27, 1864. Commanded the Battalion of Stuart's Horse Artillery until wounded in action at Yellow Tavern, Viginia May 11, 1864. Wounded in action a second time June 24 1864. Paroled in Winchester, Virginia, April 24, 1865. He fought at the forefront in 15 battles, was considered by many to be the hardest artillery fighter in the Army of Northern Virginia. At the conclusion of the war, Doctor Breathed lived with his sister, Priscilla Williams Breathed Bridges and spent his remaining days, practicing medicine at Hancock, Washington County, Maryland. The epitaph of his tombstone reads,"Major James Breathed of Stuart's Horse Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia, the hardest Artillery fighter the war produced."

Major James Breathed was awarded the Confederate Medal of Honor posthumously in October 2013. He was 1 out only 48 Confederate soldiers who earned this award.


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  • Originally Created by: Mike Hahn
  • Added: 2 Apr 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 13836336
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/13836336/james-breathed : accessed ), memorial page for Maj James “Jim” Breathed (13 Feb 1838–14 Feb 1870), Find a Grave Memorial ID 13836336, citing Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery, Hancock, Washington County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Jane Perry (contributor 47825353) .