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March 18, 1864 p.3
Captain JAMES M. KING, of the 9th Regiment Georgia Volunteers was born August 7th, 1838, and died at Johnson's Island, near Sandusky, Ohio, Nov. 5th, 1863.
The subject of the following sketch adds another to the list of brave men who have nobly died in defense of country and home. Immediately upon the secession of Georgia, his native state, Capt. King, believing that war was inevitable, raised a Company and tendered his services for the war. His Company was mustered into service in the 9th Georgia which was sent to Winchester, Va., June 27th, 1861.This Regiment left Winchester for Manasses, July 18th, but owing to detention at Piedmont, arrived too late to participate in the first great fight of our revolution. The Regiment remained near Centreville doing picket and other duty until March 7, 1862, when it marched to Orange Court House, and thence to Stockton, where it arrived April 16th. The first fight in which Capt. King was engaged was at dam number one, in which he exibited the bravery and coolness of a veteran. After this, the Regiment was engaged in skirmishing until the march to Richmond, when he became unable, through sickness, to accompany his Regiment and was sent to Richmond, and although he rejoined his Conpany at Savage Station, his health did not permit him to take part in the battle before Richmond, where he was detained by severe sickness until September. He again took command of his Company, as our army was marching into Maryland, and took part in the battle of South Mountain.
In the battle of Sharpsburg, Lieut. Colonel Mounger being wounded, Capt. King took command of the Regiment and remained in command for a month. About the first of November sickness again compelled him to leave his Company, and he came home on furlough where he remained but a short time, leaving for his command several days before his furlough expired. He was at Suffolk in April 1863, and such was the confidence of his superior officers in his judgement and discretion, that he aws selected to establish picket lines for General Hood's Division. Skirmishing continues until May 1st when his Company being in the advance rifle pits, was charged by a Regiment of the enemy, which was repulsed, with a loss to them of seventry-nine men, Capt. King having no men killed and only two wounded. His conduct upon this occasion is spoken of as singularly brave and daring, and no doubt contributed in no small degree to the result of the contest.
His Regiment rejoined the army of Gen. Lee at Orange Court House, and acted as guard to the Cavalry, during the march to Pennsylvania. He engaged in the second day's fight at Gettysburg, Lieut. Mounger being killed early in the action, and Major Jones moving off two Companies of the Regiment, was gallantly leading on his men, when he fell, severely wounded by a musket ball in the side and back. His condition was such that he could not be removed, and he fell into the hands of the enemy. From Davis' Island, whither he was first removed, he wrote home cheerfully, hopefully, and all hoped and believed from the tone of his letter, that he would soon be restored to health and usefullness. But the next news came bringing the sad intelligence of his death from the wound, while bravely battling for his country's rights.
Such is a very imperfect sketch of the military life of Capt. King, but justice would not be done him without saying something of his character.
Gifted by nature with talents of no common order, he had disciplined and cultivated his mind by education. He was admitted to the bar before attaining his majority, and by industry and energy, had already attained an enviable position as a lawyer. Strictly honorable, disdaining the tricks sometimes resorted to, he made the interests of his clients his own, and left no fair means unturned to do them justice.
As a soldier, he stood high, both with superiors and inferiors. He inspired his men with respect and confidence, and in him they have lost a tried and gallant leader, a warm friend. His superior officers honored and trusted him. A Colonel, a fellow prisoner, in writing of his conduct on the march, in the battle, suffering and dying, from his wound in the person of the enemy, says, "Our Brigade had no better or braver officer than Capt. King.
As a man, a citizen and a friend, it was difficult to speak too highly of him. Young as he was, he had gained the esteem of all and the warm friendship of those who were intimately associated with him. Rich as had been the harvest of death among the nobles in this cruel war, the loss of few men has been so keenly fely, by associates and friends, as that of Capt. King
This article supplied by Gregory White, a descendant of Capt. King from a newspaper article in the Sumter Republican newspaper of 18 March, 1864.
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