Thursday, April 10, 2014

James T. King, 115th., Illinois Infantry..

From the history of Jefferson County, Colorado.

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Among the enterprising business men who have contributed much to the advancement of the commercial affairs of Golden, is James T. King, the subject of this brief sketch, the recognized head of the hook and stationery business of the city. He is a native of Illinois, born in 1844. At the age of sixteen, he left the farm to enter a mercantile career at Decatur, Ill, and continued in that pursuit until the call for three hundred thousand troops in 1862, when he entered the army for three years' service in the 115th Ill. V. I., and followed the various fortunes of that regiment through the campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee, passing through many battles, sieges and hardships of prison life until
the close of the war.

He was with his regiment in the memorable battle of Chickamauga on the 18th, L9th and 20th of September, 1863, where, during live hours in the height of the battle, one-third of his regiment were killed and wounded. On the succeeding Sabbath, while on a scouting expedition, with fifteen comrades, on the enemy's side of the Tennessee River, under the shadow of Lookout Mountain, the whole party were captured by a detachment of Longstreet's sharpshooters. After remaining thirty-five days in Libby Prison, he was placed on a cattle-train for Danville Prison, but, having purloined the caps from the rifles of the two guards, he jumped from the train only to be recaptured after five days.

After fifteen months in the prisons of Danville. Andersonville and Florence, reduced to a skeleton and broken in health, but not in spirit, he was sent through the lines to occupy a hospital cot until the close of tlie war. Upon recovering his strength sufficiently, he again engaged in business until 1873, when he came to Colorado, since which time, with renewed health and vigor, he has continued to reside in Golden, in the pursuit of a prosperous business, in which he is at present actively engaged.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: KING, JAMES T. Rank: PVT. Company: F. Unit: 115 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: MADISON CO, IL. Age: 18. Height: 5' 7. Hair: LIGHT. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: LIGHT. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: CLERK. Nativity: MADISON CO, IL.

Service Record. Joined When: AUG 6, 1862. Joined Where: MACON CO, IL. Joined By Whom: FRANK HAYS. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: SEP 13, 1862. Muster In Where: CAMP BUTLER, IL. Muster Out: MAY 22, 1865. Muster Out Where: CAMP CHASE, OH. Remarks: None.

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