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Civil War Soldiers - Oakes
|Oakes, James, brigadier-general, U.S.
Army, was born near Limestoneville, Pa., April 4, 1826. He was
graduated at the United States military academy in 1846 and served in
the 2nd dragoons during the Mexican war, where he won the brevet of
1st lieutenant "for gallant and meritorious conduct in the affair at
Medelin, Mex.," and that of captain for gallantry at Molino del Rey.
After the Mexican war he served on frontier and garrison duty, was
wounded in an affray with Indians, Aug. 12, 1850, and was promoted
captain in the 2nd infantry, March 3, 1855. He was subsequently a
member of frequent scouting parties against Indians, was promoted
major, April 6, 1861, and declined the commission of brigadier-general
of volunteers offered him, May 17, 1861. He commanded a regiment in
the Tennessee and Mississippi campaign of 1862, afterwards served on
mustering and recruiting service, and commanded the District of
Illinois, 1863-66. He had been promoted lieutenant-colonel of the 4th
cavalry, Nov. 12, 1861, and on July 31, 1866, he was promoted colonel
of the 6th cavalry. He was retired April 20, 1879. On March 30, 1865,
he was brevetted colonel and brigadier-general U. S. A., "for
meritorious and faithful service in the recruitment of the armies of
the United States."
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908