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  • Brevet Commission to Major of Frank B. James 52nd Ohio Infantry

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    Brevet Commission to Major of Frank B. James 52nd Ohio Infantry - Very fine, original Civil War military commission appointing Frank B. James as Major in the 52nd Ohio Infantry.  In excellent condition shrink wrapped on archival board, with archival corners.  Measures approximately 24 1/2" x 17 3/4".  Bears the handwritten signatures of the secretary of war Edwin M. Stanton and assistant adjutant general E. D. Towsend. 

    Frank Blakewell James:

    Residence was not listed; 20 years old.

    Enlisted on 8/21/1862 as a Private.

    On 8/21/1862 he mustered into "K" Co. OH 52nd Infantry

    He was Mustered Out on 6/3/1865 at Washington, DC


    * 1st Lieut 1/7/1863 (As of Co. K)

    * 2nd Lieut 1/23/1863 (As of Co. I)

    * Capt 12/9/1864 (As of Co. I)

    * Major 3/13/1865 by Brevet

    Intra Regimental Company Transfers:

    * 1/7/1863 from company I to company K

    * 1/23/1863 from company K to company I

    * 12/9/1864 from company K to company I

    Other Information:

    Born 11/7/1842 in Covington, KY

    Died 3/27/1916 in Brookline, MA

    Buried: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH

    Gravesite: 77-67-13

    (Parents: D.A. & Elizabeth James)

    After the War he lived in Boston, MA


    Fifty-second Infantry. - Col., Daniel McCook; Lieut.-Cols., Daniel D. T. Cowen, Charles W. Clancy; ; Majs., Israel D.  Clark, James T. Holmes.  This regiment was organized at Camp Dennison, in Aug., 1862, to serve for three years.  At sunrise on Aug. 25, it left Camp Dennison for Lexington, Ky., passing through Cincinnati.  The fall and winter of 1862 and the summer of 1863 were occupied by the regiment in various marches and detail work in the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama, Chickamauga being its first actual engagement.  There it took a prominent part and was one of the last regiments to leave the field.  From that time until the opening of the Atlanta campaign the regiment was again variously employed, marching, doing guard duty, etc.  At Resaca it performed a prominent part, making a charge with success but at a sad cost of life. It was in the terrible struggle at Kennesaw mountain, and was busily engaged through all the movements up to Atlanta, maintaining throughout its fine reputation for discipline, courage, and endurance.  From Atlanta it moved with Sherman's army to Savannah and thence through the Carolinas northward.  Then came the march to Washington, the review before the president and cabinet, and the final muster-out on June 3, 1865.

    Inventory Number: DOC 059