Civil War Veteran, Company C, 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (71st PVI), and Company E, 69th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (69th PVI). James Kinsella came to America with his family from County Wicklow Ireland in 1850, as a boy of 11. In 1861, he joined the 71st Pennsylvania Volunteers (71st PVI) (also known as the "California Regiment") and fought in major campaigns in the Civil War. He was wounded at the Battle of Antietam, returned to duty and fought in the Battle of Gettysburg where he was taken prisoner at the Angle on Cemetery Ridge, "the high watermark of the Confederacy,"on July 3, 1863. Taken under guard to Richmond, he was held four months in Belle Isle prison camp in Richmond, Va., until sent to the hospital and then to Camp Parole, Md., where he remained until returning to his regiment in June 1864. On June 12, 1864, the 71st PVI was mustered out of service, and he was transferred to Company E, 69th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (69th PVI). He received an honorable discharge on October 26, 1864, and became a naturalized citizen on November 8, 1864. Kinsella became a police officer in Baltimore City and spent the last years of his life at the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers at Elizabeth City, Va. Discharged from the home on March 19, 1920, he returned to his family in Baltimore, where he died on March 27th. James Kinsella was interred at the National Cemetery in Baltimore on March 29, 1920.
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