Lieut James Donaldson

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Lieut James Donaldson

  • Birth 1832 County Down, Northern Ireland
  • Death 17 Jul 1864 Vinings, Cobb County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA
  • Plot I-9668
  • Memorial ID 32048722

Co C 16th Illinois Infantry

Residence COLCHESTER, MCDONOUGH CO, IL Age 29 Height 5' 9 1/2 Hair BROWN Eyes BLUE Complexion DARK Marital Status SINGLE Occupation MINER
Nativity DOWN, IRELAND

Service Record
Joined MAY 24, 1861 QUINCY, IL
Joined By G W PATRICK Period 3 YRS
Muster MAY 24, 1861 QUINCY, IL
SGT Company C Unit 16 IL US INF

Joined AUG 12, 1862 TUSCUMBIA, AL
Joined By GOV OF IL Period 3 YRS
Muster In MAR 30, 1863 NASHVILLE, TN
1LT Company C Unit 16 IL US INF

DIED JUL 17, 1864 FROM WOUNDS RECD IN ACTION NEAR ATLANTA GA
-ILSOS

Orig bur near Chattahoochee River, Ga.

DONALDSON, JAMES
1ST LT US ARMY
CIVIL WAR
DATE OF DEATH: 07/17/1864
BURIED AT: SECTION I SITE 9668
-VA grave locator

July 5, just after 3 a.m. Major Burnett in command of the Tenth Michigan, on the skirmish line, reported that the enemy had vacated their works and that he was advancing with his command... Main line advanced and took up a position on the right of the Third Brigade, about two miles from the Chattahoochee River. The Fourteenth Michigan Infantry was deployed as skirmishers and promptly drove in the enemys pickets, losing 7 killed and 30 wounded. This is a fighting regiment. Remained in this position during the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th. 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th. At 3 a.m. on the morning of the 16th Major Burnett, commanding Tenth Michigan Infantry, on picket-line, reported that he was in the rebel works and was pushing forward toward the river in hopes to save the bridge and capture some prisoners; Sixteenth Illinois Infantry was ordered forward to his support and the whole command held in readiness to move. July 17, command moved at 5 a.m. on the road to Paces Ferry, and at 11 a.m. crossed the Chattahoochee River on pontoon laid at that point; was then ordered forward toward Nancys Creek; Sixteenth Illinois Infantry deployed as skirmishers; the enemy's pickets were soon struck and a brisk skirmish was kept up during the entire day; bivouacked near Nancys Creek. July 18, about 1 p.m. pickets crossed Nancys Creek about one mile and formed upon the right of the Third Brigade. July 19, main line crossed Nancys Creek, Moores Mill, and a fine ford in our front on Peach Tree Creek.
-from The war of the rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. ; Series 1 - Volume 38 (Part I) page 649

...July 17, pursuant to orders, the regiment marched from its encampment near Vinings Station to Paces Ferry, where, crossing the Chattahoochee and proceeding to Nancys Creek, it being in advance, encountered the enemy; in the fight which ensued First Lieut. James Donaldson, Company C, Corpls. Alex. Peterson, Company F, and John McGovern, Company D, Privates Whicker [Wicher], Montgomery, and Peterson [W K Patterson], were killed, and Privates Shaw and Nelson, Company F, wounded.
-from he war of the rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. ; Series 1 - Volume 38 (Part I) page 662


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  • Created by: Janet
  • Added: 8 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32048722
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut James Donaldson (1832–17 Jul 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32048722, citing Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Janet (contributor 46573654) .