James Alexander Barton; Co L 1st Alabama Cavalry USV 🇺🇸
-James A Barton was born on Dec 26, 1825 to Margaret and Willis B Barton in Hall Co, Georgia. James was the eldest of 11 children; 5 girls and 6 boys. He grew up in Hall Co. and worked on his fathers farm where he gained proficient skills as a blacksmith. On June 5, 1848, James married Martha J Garrand at the age of 21. The two would have 7 children; 2 boys and 5 girls. James and his wife would move to Winston Co, AL in the mid 1850s where he worked as a blacksmith.
-James was a very proud and staunch Unionist and strongly opposed secession. Winston Co would be the epicenter for Alabama Unionists and Anti-Secessionists. When Alabama seceded on Jan 11,1861 he made strong efforts to stay away from any and all Confederate related occurrences. During the early years of the war, especially after the Conscription Act, James would have to defend his home from Rebel bushwhackers and conscription parties. James and 4 of his brother went west to Union occupied Fayette Co to enlist. They enlisted on Sept 25, 1863 with Co L, 1st Alabama Cavalry USV as Privates for 1 year. James would also serve as the company’s blacksmith. He would fight at Vincent’s Crossroads, Bay Springs, Memphis & Charleston RR, Colliersville, Moscow, Camp Davies, Molino, Wolf River Bridge, Jack’s Creek, Goldwater Ferry, Senatobia, Operations against Forrest, Decatur, Dalton, Snake Creek Gap, Resaca, Rome Cross Roads, Dallas, Kennesaw Mtn, Nickajack Creek, Chattahoochee River, Cove Springs, Decatur, Atlanta, Cedar Bluff, Buchanan, Coreysville, Jonesboro, Bolensville, and Rome. On Sept 28, 1864, James and 2 of his brother would be mustered out at Rome, GA while one would reenlist and serve until Oct 20, 1865.
-James would return home and continue his work. His wife Martha would die on July 4, 1876 at 45. James would remarry Rebecca McGuire in 1877 and have 1 son. She would die in 1884. James would remarry for a third time in 1886 to Pulchara Gaskins and have 1 son. James worked as a blacksmith until he died on April 6, 1914 at 88. His wife Pulchara would die in 1918 at 64. They are both buried at Mount Zion Cemetery in Tremont, Alabama.