|Birth||Feb. 17, 1840|
|Death||Dec. 19, 1934|
|Unit||42nd Indiana Infantry, Company E|
Private James M Stevens
Company E, 42nd Indiana Infantry
Stevens was born in Kentucky on February 17, 1840. He was living in Buckskin (Gibson County), Indiana when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on September 5, 1862. He served about 34 months during the War. He was mustered out on July 21, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.
The 42nd Indiana Infantry was organized and mustered on October 9, 1861 at Evansville, Indiana. During Stevens’ enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862). Regimental losses were 21 killed and 11 wounded.
Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863). Regimental losses were 13 killed and 15 wounded on December 31, 1862.
Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-21, 1863).
Atlanta Campaign (GA) (May 1-September 8, 1864).
Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).
Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).
Operations against General John Bell Hood in Georgia and Alabama (September 29-November 3, 1864).
General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).
Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).
Campaign of the Carolinas (SC/NC) (January-April, 1865).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 1865).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
Stevens died on December 19, 1934 at the age of 94 years. He is buried in the Page Cemetery in Page (Holt County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Lamason Post (#333) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Page. In addition, he was a member of Post #183 of the GAR in Inman, Nebraska.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.