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James Adams Cunningham

  • Birth 27 Nov 1830 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 17 Jul 1892 Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Plot Lot 713
  • Memorial ID 77440196

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He served during the Civil War in the 32nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, rising to Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the regiment. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on April 1, 1865 for "distinguished services during the campaign against Richmond, and for especial gallantry at the Battle of Five Forks, Va.". At the close of the Civil War, twenty-six Union officers presented the following testimonial to James A. Cunningham: "Camp of 32nd Mass. Vols. near Washington, D.C. June 28, 1865. The Undersigned Commissioned Officers of the 32nd Regt. Mass. Vols. take this opportunity to express our high Respect and Esteem, and Confidence in Lieutenant Colonel James A. Cunningham and to bear cheerful testimony to his Coolness, Bravery and Efficiency on the Battlefield, as well as his high ability as an Executive officer. After nearly four years service with him, thro' all the campaigns of the "Army of the Potomac", we believe that he has few equals and no superiors as a Regimental Commander, and it will always be proud recollection, with Each of us, that we have been led in many a hard-fought Battle and fatiguing Campaign by him." After the War, Cunningham was promoted to Major General and appointed Adjutant General of the Mass. Militia. He served in that capacity from 1866 to 1879, after which he was Superintendent of the Mass. Soldier's Home at Chelsea until his passing in 1892.


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  • Originally Created by: Art Loux
  • Added: 1 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 77440196
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Adams Cunningham (27 Nov 1830–17 Jul 1892), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77440196, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .