Pvt James Richard Shaw

Pvt James Richard Shaw

Birth
Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky, USA
Death 29 Nov 1922 (aged 82)
North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Section C, Site 833
Memorial ID 58723096 · View Source
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James Richard (JR) Shaw was born in Covington, Kenton, Kentucky, the son of John Shaw of Olmsted Falls,Cuyahoga, Ohio, and Mary Cox, who was born in County Roscommon, Ireland. He enrolled as a corporal into Captain Jeptha Garrard's 6th Independent Ohio Cavalry at Cincinnati on September 18, 1861, at age 21 years. Captain Garrard had been asked to raise a cavalry unit that was meant to join other companies from other states whose task it would be to guard General Stoneman, chief of cavalry. Garrard's unit was the only one successfully raised. The cavalry unit was then selected by General Van Allen of the 3rd New York Cavalry to be attached to his regiment as Company L. "It joined its regiment at Camp Bates, near Pottsville, MD, early in December 1861 and crossed the Potomac at Harper's Ferry, March 1, 1862. The next day it engaged in its first fight at Berryville, Virginia, driving Ashby's cavalry several miles after a severe skirmish. At Winchester it made a successful dash at Stuart's cavalry and on the day following was ordered back to Washington to form part of Burnside's expedition to North Carolina. After landing at New Bern, NC, on May 12th and being the only cavalry regiment, it was kept busy all summer scouting, raiding and fighting." While participating in Potter's Raid, at Street's Ferry, New Bern, NC, on July 22, 1863, JR Shaw was "dangerously wounded" in the right shoulder. He was operated on the next day and eventually was discharged because of his wound on September 15, 1863. The wound never healed and when he was 78 years old, his arm was amputated. During the years after the war, he moved to Ohio, where he married Mary Boone Beard at his parents home in Olmsted Falls on March 25, 1868. They had 8 children and eventually moved to Nebraska, where he and his family claimed a homestead and built a sod house on the prairie. Because of his disability, he could not farm. He became a photographer. He and his wife, Mary, later built a house in North Platte and lived there the rest of their lives. They had eight children, listed with Mary's site.


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Company L 3rd Regiment
NEW YORK 3rd Cavalry
Should not read "NJ"
Also the death date should read November 29, 1922, according to his pension records


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  • Maintained by: Barbara Hanno
  • Originally Created by: Tony & Cindy Lloyd
  • Added: 15 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58723096
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt James Richard Shaw (3 Dec 1839–29 Nov 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58723096, citing Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Hanno (contributor 47011953) .