Civil War: Company D, 3rd California Infantry and
Company C, 3rd Veteran Battalion of Infantry, California Volunteers.
James McGovern served in the United States Marine Corps from 1853 to 1857. James McGovern was enlisted by Second Lieutenant Charles Billing at Camp Douglas, Utah Territory, December 3 and mustered in as Private of Captain William Kittredge's Company D, 3rd Veteran Battalion of Infantry, California Volunteers, by First Lieutenant Stephen E. Jocelyn December 30, 1864. This battalion was formed of Veterans and Recruits from other companies of the 3rd California Infantry, per Special Orders 87, Headquarters, District of Utah, October 29, 1864. At enlistment he was described as age 27 years, that he was born at Athens, Georgia and his occupation was a Clerk. Recruit McGovern was examined and determined to be free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity that in any way would disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier by Surgeon Robert K. Reid. Private McGovern was transferred to Captain James W. Stillman's Company C, 3rd Veteran Battalion of Infantry, California Volunteers, per Special Orders, No. 34, dated Headquarters, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, December 3, 1865 and was discharged, with his Company, at Camp Douglas, Salt Lake City, July 27, 1866.
James McGovern, age 65 years and single, was enumerated during July 1900 at War Eagle Mining Camp, Martinez, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory. The enumeration shows that he was a Laborer and that he was born during December 1834. James McGovern, age 75 years and a widowed Farmer, was enumerated April 29, 1910, at Date Creek Station, Congress, Yavapai County, Arizona Territory. The enumeration shows that he was a survivor of the Union Army. James Owen McGovern was a brother of Hugh Frank McGovern.
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