James Leslie

BirthFeb. 12, 1848
DeathAug. 9, 1940
CemeteryBelvidere (Belvidere)
PostGering (Gering)
Unit24th Iowa Infantry, Company C

Private James Leslie

Company C, 24th Iowa Infantry

Leslie was born in Scotland on February 12, 1848. He was residing in Iowa City (Johnson County), Iowa when he enlisted on March 22, 1864. Iowa enlistment records indicate that he was 18 years old at the time he entered the military. If the date of birth is accurate, he was 16 years old. Leslie was mustered on April 4, 1864 and served 15 months. He was mustered out on July 17, 1865 at Davenport, Iowa.

Leslie joined the regiment in the latter stages of the Civil War. During his enlistment, the regiment was assigned to General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (VA) from August 7 through November 28, 1864. Several major battles were fought during the campaign:

Battle of Winchester (VA) (September 19, 1864). Regimental losses were 12 killed, 58 wounded, and 4 were captured.

Battle of Fisher’s Hill (VA) (September 22, 1864).

Battle of Cedar Creek (VA) (October 19, 1864). Regimental losses were 7 killed, 46 wounded, and 43 were captured.

Leslie died on August 9, 1940 at the age of 92 years. He is buried in Belvedere Cemetery in Belvedere (Thayer County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Gering Post (#265) and the Robinson Post (#350) in Bayard, Nebraska of the Grand Army of the Republic.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.