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Civil War Records of James Carney


Grand Army of the Republic
Isaac Davis Post No. 138

Personal War Sketch for James Carney

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Comrade James Carney
Who was born the fourth day of March A.D. 1842
County of State of England

On May 30th 1861, I first entered the service as private with Company B, Second Regiment Infantry at Camp Andrew, West Roxbury and at the close of the war, my rank was that of a private.


As my term of service had expired, I was first discharged on May 30, 1864 at Washington, D. C.


On the first of September 1863 I was transferred to the Veteran Reserve. I was finally discharged on May 30, 1864 at Washington D. C. for my term of service had expired.


The first battle I took part in was at Winchester and it was at that time when General Banks retreated.


I also participated in the battles at Ball Bluff, Antietam Newton, Va., Chancellorsville and also at Winchester when General Shields whipped Stonewall Jackson.


I was wounded at Winchester and the wound was in my head. I was on May 4, 1863 confined in the Lincoln General Hospital.


Among my most intimate comrades, while in service were Samuel F. Keyes, who is now a lawyer and has an office on School St., Boston, and Frank Dougherty, who also resides in Boston

Comrade Keyes told me that the bullet that struck me was intended for him.


What I deem the most important events during my services are as follows. On the third of May 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville I was wounded in the left shoulder.


The bullet went in front and was cut out of my back. I took part in a good many skirmishes and it was at Newtown in the Shenandoah Valley we had a very hard one.


This skirmish cost us a good many men and this one was before Banks took retreat. At Round Harper's Ferry we fronted the Rebels there in 1861.


The Second Mass. was the first Regiment to go in Harper's Ferry, Aug. 1, 1861.

I Certify that the Sketch of my War service as above written is true as
I verily believe  
Date Signed
We certify that Comrade James Carney Joined Isaac Davis
Post No. 138 Department of Massachusetts, G.A.R. Oct. 12, 1887
Held Offices of
F.H. Stevens
H.R. Knowlton