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 James Thompson Kirk

James Thompson Kirk

Birth
Canonsburg, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 7 Dec 1886 (aged 60)
Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section G, Lot 85
Memorial ID 7893220 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Officer. He entered the Union Army very soon after the outbreak of the Civil War, receiving in June 1861 a commission of Captain and commander of Company D, 10th Pennsylvania Reserves (also known as the 39th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry), but was advanced to Lieutenant Colonel three weeks later. He helped drill the soldier of his command and took part in operations in Virginia in the Fall and Winter 1861 that culminated in the Battle of Dranesville, Virginia on December 20, 1861. When Colonel John S. McCalmont resigned in May 1862, he was promoted to Colonel and commander of the unit, which he led in the subsequent battles of the 1862 Peninsular Campaign. He was particularly distinguished during the Seven Days Battles, where he led the 10th Reserves in a charge at the Battle of Glendale. During the Battle of Second Bull Run in August 1862, he briefly assumed command of his brigade before he was wounded and put out of action. He missed the 10th Reserves part in the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam, and, when it became apparent that his Bull Run wounds would keep him permanently from re-taking command of his regiment, he resigned on October 18, 1862.

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  • Originally Created by: Russ
  • Added: 24 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7893220
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Thompson Kirk (21 Sep 1826–7 Dec 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7893220, citing Washington Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .