James Marvin Sparks (December 27, 1843 - February 23, 1923) served as a private in Company C, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.
James Sparks was born December 27, 1843 in Mitchell County, North Carolina to Jeremiah and Rachel (McKinney) Sparks. He married Nancy Louranie Brinkley (1849-1915) with whom he had eleven children.
Civil War service
Sparks enlisted in Company C on September 24, 1863 in Carter County, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in November 4, 1863 at Knoxville, Tennessee.
He is described as 19 years old, 5' 8" tall, dark complexion, gray eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a farmer.
Sparks is listed as present for duty throughout his term of service.
Sparks mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $16.68 to the government for clothing, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.
Johnson died February 23, 1923 in Bakersville, North Carolina and is buried at Lilly Branch Church Cemetery in Wing, North Carolina.
- 1900 U.S. Census, Snow Creek Township, Mitchell County, North Carolina.