Acting Assistant Surgeon, 7th US Cavalry. Killed in action during the Battle of the Little Big Horn, along with General George Custer and most of the soldiers of the 7th Cavalry.
He enlisted in the 1st Pennsylvania Artillery on 1 Aug 1861, at the age of 17, listing his previous occupation as a farmer. Fought in the first Battle of Bull Run. Discharged as a Corporal on 29 Oct 1862 from a disability caused by gunshot wound to the arm. Re-enlisted Sept 1864 in Battery A, 1st Pennsylvania Artillery until his discharge on 14 June 1865. Enlisted 5 Oct 1865 in Company E, 14th US Infantry. Re-enlisted in Camp Lyon, Idaho, on 5 Oct 1868, under the name of James DeWall, as a hospital stewart. Married Fannie J. Downing on 31 Oct 1871 at Camp Warner, Oregon Territory. Reenlisted on 5 Oct 1871 under his original name. Entered Harvard University School of Medicine in Sept 1873, and graduated as a Doctor on 26 June 1875. On 23 Oct 1875, he entered into a contract with the US Army as an Acting Assistant Surgeon, and was attached to the 7th Cavalry on 21 June 1876. During the Battle of the Little Big Horn, he was assigned to Reno's Battalion, and killed during the retreat from the valley floor. Death was caused by a gunshot wound to the abdomen and six wounds to the head and face. He was 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with gray eyes, light hair and a light complexion. His widow remarried to Elijah Dodd on 10 June 1879 at Waterville, Ohio.
Vet. Civil War