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 James Nicholson Duffy

James Nicholson Duffy

Birth
Ireland
Death 18 Oct 1901 (aged 72)
Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky, USA
Burial East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Block A, Lot 11, Grave 6
Memorial ID 20091 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Officer. He was commissioned as Captain and commander of Company C, 2nd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on May 27, 1861, and served with his unit in the First Bull Run Campaign, and the Peninsular Campaign. Promoted to Major of the regiment on July 1, 1862 when Henry O. Ryerson was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, during the September 1862 Antietam Campaign he was transferred to the 3rd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry and promoted the Lieutenant Colonel to fill the vacancy caused by the transfer of Lieutenant Colonel Mark W. Collet to the 1st New Jersey Infantry (September 14, 1862). He was then detailed to command the 4th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry at the Battle of Fredericksburg when its commander, Colonel William Hatch, was mortally wounded, but was soon assigned as an aide and assistant inspector general on the staff of Division commander Major General William H.T. Books. He served in this position through the Chancellorsville Campaign, then for a brief time as commander of his regiment before being again detailed to staff work, this time as an aide to Division commander Major General Horatio G. Wright. He was on General Wright's staff during the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. On September 29, 1863 he was commissioned as Colonel of the 4th New Jersey Infantry, but was unable to assume this rank, due to regulations that restricted undersized units from mustering in officers of high rank (the 4th New Jersey Infantry had be seriously reduced by the war). He was not mustered in his new rank, and he remained as Lieutenant Colonel of the 3rd New Jersey Infantry until he was mustered out at the end of his enlistment on June 23, 1864, receiving no brevets or other accolades for his service.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 2 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20091
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Nicholson Duffy (23 Aug 1829–18 Oct 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20091, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .