“James Sullivan, Civil War Soldier,” Chicopee Archives Online, Chicopee Public Library.
Born in Boston, Mass., Son of John Sullivan, by occupation a laborer, single, at the age of 18 years, on 2nd of November 1861, enlisted for 3 years in the 31st Regt. of Massachusetts Vol. Infantry, and was assigned to Company “E”. Mustered in 10th of Dec. 1861. Rank Private with no subsequent changes.
Participated with his Regt. in operations under Butler at New Orleans, and, subsequently, in the Teche campaign, Pt. Hudson and Red River Campaigns and Siege of Mobile.
23rd of Feb., 1864, he re-enlisted for 3 years, and received the prescribed furlough of 30 days with the veterans of his Regiment. In the action of Sabine Cross Roads, La., was slightly wounded in left hand, though not incapacitated for duty. Was sick with ague and confined to hospital at Baton Rouge for three (3) weeks. Excepting this absence, was constantly on duty with his Regt. Sullivan is reputed to have been a good soldier, faithful to duty.
Discharged at Galloupe’s Island, Boston Harbor, by reason od discharge of his Regt., Oct. 9, 1865.
Subsequently returned to his home in Chicopee Falls.