James Russell McQueen (July 13, 1846 - May 29, 1939) served as a corporal in Company E, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.
James McQueen was born July 13, 1846 in Johnson County, Tennessee to John B. and Abigail (Nave) McQueen. He married Emeline Victoria Grace (1847-1911) with whom he had thirteen children.
Civil War service
McQueen enlisted as a private in Company E on September 21, 1863 in Greeneville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He was appointed 4th corporal October 28, 1863.
He is described as 18 years old, 5' 7 1/2" tall, dark complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer.
McQueen is listed as present for duty until February 1864 when he was left sick in Cumberland General Hospital at Nashville. He was transferred to Ward 7, Hospital No. 7 (Brown General) in Louisville, Kentucky on February 10, 1864 where he remained until June 6, 1864 and was placed on detached service with the Quartermaster's Department. He returned to the regiment at the reduced rank of private on an unrecorded date and was again left sick at a hospital in Knoxville on August 15, 1864. McQueen returned to the regiment on an unrecorded date and was restored to corporal, but he became sick again and was admitted to U.S. General Hospital No. 4 at New Albany, Indiana. Once again, he returned to the regiment on an unrecorded date and was left sick in hospital at Knoxville on November 15, 1864. He was then transferred back to U.S. General Hospital No. 4 at New Albany where he remained until discharged.
McQueen was discharged May 7, 1865 by order of the War Department due to chronic disability. When the regiment mustered out on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville it was noted that he had last been paid to October 31, 1864 and had been paid a $25 bounty.
Before 1880, McQueen moved to Gomer Township, Caldwell County, Missouri where he was engaged in farming and raising livestock. By 1900 he was farming in Clark County, Washington.
McQueen applied for an invalid's pension on June 16, 1880. He died May 29, 1939 in Vancouver, Washington and is buried at Fisher's Cemetery in Vancouver. At the time of his death only four other soldiers from the regiment are known to have been living.
- 1900 U.S. Census, Preston Precinct, Clark County, Washington.
- Despite all of his hospitalizations, no records were kept about his ailments.
- A War Department record dated July 1, 1871 indicates that he had been transferred to 243rd Company, 1st Battalion, Provisional Cavalry, Veteran Reserve Corps and was discharged from on May 6, 1865.