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William James was an orphan adopted by William and Margaret Jamison of Oquawka, Illinois. From April 17, 1861 to July 29, 1861, he served as 1st Sergeant with Company D, 10th Illinois. He reenlisted as a Private in Company C, 100th Pennsylvania Volunteers (nicknamed "Roundheads") and stayed with them until October 1862 as a Sergeant. He served as a Captain with the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops and mustered out March 31, 1866.
He served one term in the Florida Legislature and was a member of the Jacksonville Board of Trade. In 1883, he joined the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). He organized the O.M. Mitchel Post #4 of Jacksonville, Florida and was Post Commander for three terms. He was Officer of the Day for 10 years, Chief Mustering Officer of the Department, was Junior, Senior, an Department Commander, A.D.C. and A.I.G. of the National Staff of National Council of Administration. On September 22, 1910 in Atlantic City, he became Junior Commander-in-Chief of the GAR.
Photographs and information courtesy of Monmouth College Oracle, Vol. XV, No. 34, May 30, 1911 (Online).