James Jenkins


Basic Facts

Birth: 1840

Date of Enlistment:  September 1861

Date of Discharge:  June 30, 1862

Reason for Discharge: unknown.

Rank at Discharge:  Private


Family and Personal Background

James Jenkins was born in 1840 in Indiana. His mother’s name was Nancy.


Wartime Experience

James enlisted in the 36th Indiana in September 1861. He was discharged on June 30, 1862.

It is likely that James was one of the many who became sick during the winter of 1861-62 at New Haven, Kentucky and Camp Wickliffe.  Two other men from Company F died during that time and several others were discharged for physical disability.

It is also possible he was one of the many who became sick with diarrhea or other camp sicknesses after Shiloh.


Post-war Life

In 1880, James was living with his sixty-year-old mother, Nancy, and his seven-year-old son, John, in Washington Township, Wayne County, Indiana. In 1887, James applied for an invalid’s pension (application #629882, certificate #436913). In 1913, his widow Amanda applied for a pension (application #781497, certificate #561313).


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Sources Consulted:

  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General’s Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865); Record Group Number: 110; Title: Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War); Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union Draft Records); ARC Identifies: 4213514; Archive Volume Number: 4 of 6.
  • Census Year: 1880; Census Place: Washington, Wayne, Indiana; Roll: 322; Family History Film: 1254322; Page: 428D; Enumeration District: 76; Image: 0620.
  • The Story of the Marches, Battles and Incidents of the 36th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry by William Grose (1891).