James Lawton

BirthJan. 13, 1842
DeathDec. 14, 1936
CemeteryValparaiso (Valparaiso)
PostBaird (Valpraiso)
Unit115th Illinois Infantry, Company A

Private James Lawton

Company A, 115th Illinois Infantry

Lawton was born in Canal Dover (Tuscarawas County), Ohio on January 13, 1842. He was living in Taylorville (Christian County), Illinois when he enlisted on August 11, 1862 for 3 years. The 20 year old farmer was mustered in on September 13, 1862. Lawton served about 33 months. He was mustered out on June 11, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee.

The 115th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Camp Butler (Chicago) on September 13, 1862. During Lawton’s enlistment the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-20, 1863). Regimental losses were 24 killed, 13 wounded, and 9 captured or reported missing.

Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Operations against General Hood in Georgia and Alabama (September 29-November 3, 1864).

Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).

Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).

Lawton died on December 14, 1936 at the age of 94 years. He is buried in the Valparaiso Cemetery in Valparaiso (Saunders County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Baird Post (#64) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Valparaiso.

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