Marriage & Children
Before his service in the Civil War, James worked as a farmer.
|Residence at Enlistment:||Westerlo|
|Place of Birth:||Westerlo, NY|
|Date of Birth:||6 Feb 1827|
|Names of Parents:||Levi (Holmes) and Phebee Adams|
|Term of Enlistment:||3 years|
|Enlistment Date:||July 28, 1862|
|State Served:||New York|
|Regiment:||7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery|
|Promotion Date:||Aug 18, 1862|
|Demotion Date:||June 17, 1863|
|Captured Date:||June 16, 1864|
|Captured at:||Petersburg, VA|
|Imprisoned at:||Andersonville, GA|
|Death Date:||Jan 16, 1865|
|Death Place:||Andersonville Prison, GA|
|Additional Remarks: James and his brothers Edward Holmes and Erastus Hamilton Holmes all served in Company K of the 7th Heavy Artillery and all three died after being imprisoned in Confederate prisons. (This appears to be in error since each of them had different parents.) Edmund died at Andersonville and was buried there, while Erastus Holmes died at the prison in Columbia, SC. "Was in all the Battles of the Army of the Potomac from the crossing of the Rapidian to the assult of Petersburg June 16, 1864 Was then taken prisoner of war and was taken to Andersonville Ga. and died from exposure and starvation"
Born Westerlo, NY on February 6, 1827, Age 34, Farmer, Blue eyes, Dark hair, Light complexion, 5'6" tall.
|Sources Used: Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War|
James died of scorbutus on January 16, 1865 at Andersonville Prison and he was buried there in grave numer 12467.
Additional Research Notes
Heroes of Albany County
“James Holmes was born in Westerlo, February 6, 1827, and enlisted in Company K, Seventh Regiment, August 4, 1862. He was in all the battles of the Army of the Potomac, from the crossing of the Rapidan to the assault of Petersburg, June 16, 1864. He was then taken prisoner and carried to Andersonville, where he died from exposure and starvation.”
- Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
- Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
- NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Ancestry.com Military databases