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James L. Sheffield (December 8, 1837 - January 16, 1927) served as a corporal in Company G, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Sheffield was born December 8, 1837 in Carter County, Tennessee to George and Elizabeth (Sneed) Sheffield. He married first Ellen White (1843-1865); they had no children. He married second Salena Strawn (1854-1923) with whom he had three children.[1]

Civil War service

Sheffield enlisted as a private in Company G on September 24, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in October 28, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal on October 20, 1863 by order of Colonel Miller.

He is described as 23 years old, 5' 8" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a farmer.[2]

Sheffield is listed as present for duty until sometime in January or February 1864 when he was left sick in a hospital at Nashville. When he returned to the regiment was not recorded, although he is listed as present for duty in March and April 1864.

Sheffield mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $8.47 1/2 to the government for clothing in kind or money advanced, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Sheffield moved to Colorado before 1883 and was active in the Grand Army of the Republic as a member of A. J. Smith Post #102 in Florence, Colorado.

He applied for an invalid's pension on June 25, 1883.

Sheffield died January 16, 1927 in Fremont County, Colorado and is buried there at New Hope Cemetery.


  1. 1900 U.S. Census, Greenwood Precinct No. 1, Custer County, Colorado.
  2. His age is listed as 4 in the 1850 U.S. Census and 22 in the 1860 U.S. Census. The birth year of 1837 is taken from his headstone and is likely correct based on comparison with the 1850 U.S. Census.

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