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James Maxwell
Company D, 127th Illinois Infantry

" Have you heard that Frank Stevens had sold Billy and Charley. I heard he sold them to the U.S. to go into the Cavalry and got the cash for them. ..." James Maxwell,


Undated

—Dear Brother Georgy

I guess I will try and write a few lines to you as well as the rest. Have you heard that Frank Stevens had sold Billy and Charley. I heard he sold them to the U.S. to go into the Cavalry and got the cash for them. Ask father what security he had for the horses. I am afraid he will lose them if he is not careful. He had better find out about it as soon as possible. I am afraid if he had no mortgage on them, he will lose them entirely. I wish he had never sold them to him. About A. and myself, we are so as to eat double rations and guess we will get along at present and will have to wind up.

Write soon…

your loving brother---Jimmy

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Submitter: Sherri Cawley James Maxwell enlisted on August 13, 1862. He mustered into Company “D”, 127th Illinois Infantry. He was mustered out on May 31, 1865

Brian Brown, author of In the Footsteps of the Blue and Gray: A Civil War Research Handbook which can be purchased from ABE Books kindly sends the following information:

James R. Maxwell was born in Milford (?) or Westford (?) (the entry was almost illegible). The state looked like Connecticut in the Illinois service records, but census records indicate birth in Ohio.

On 8/13/62, he joined Company D, 127 Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Chicago. He mustered in on 9/5/62, also at Chicago. He was discharged on May 31, 1865 at Washington D.C. At the time of his enlistment, he was single, a farmer, age 20, 5-10, black hair-gray eyes-light complexion and resided in Highland, Grundy County, Illinois. On the 1860 census of Grundy County Illinois, Wauponsia township, page 170, James Maxwell, a 21 year old farmer hand who was born in Ohio, is listed.

In 1890, Maxwell applied for an invalid's pension and received certificate #797043. At the time, he was living in Illinois. In 1930, his widow Emily (who was living in Illinois, applied for a widow's pension and received certificate #A-5-15-30.

Read more letters in the Maxwell Collection: undated | 5 Jan. 1863 | February 15, 1863 | 24 March 1863 | 29 May 1871 | 30 Sept. 1873

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