Grand Army of the Republic
James Andrew Sexton
1898 / 1899



James Andrew Sexton, US Grand Post No. 28, Chicago, was born Jan. 8, 1844 at Chicago, Ill. He enlisted as a private, April 1862, and was promoted to First Lieutenant, Co. E, 67th Ill. Volunteer Infantry, June 13, 1862. He was promoted to Capt., Co. D, 72nd Ill. Vol. Inf., on Aug. 21, 1862.

James participated in battles and campaigns against Vicksburg, second battle of Iuka, Spring Hill Siege and battle of Mobile, Ala. Most of his service was in the Dept of Tenn., 16th & 17th Army Corps. He was wounded in left leg at Spanish Fort, Ala. He assumed command of the regiment at Franklin, and remained in command during the Nashville campaign. He then served on Maj.-General A. J. Smith's staff during the last 8 or 9 months of his service. He mustered out Aug. 25, 1865.

He was elected as the Commander of the Illinois Department of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in 1888 and Commander-in-Chief of the GAR in 1898.

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Sources:

Illustrated Roster of the Department of Illinois Grand Army of the Republic, page 15. 1914.

Information provided by:
George G. Kane
August 2002


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