About the Author
Residing in Kalamazoo, Michigan, James Allen enlisted in Company L of the 5th Michigan Cavalry on August 19, 1862 at the age of 28. He was mustered into service on September 2. He received several promotions including: 1st Sergeant; 2nd Lieutenant, November 2, 1863; 1st Lieutenant, August 9, 1864; and, Captain, February 1, 1865. On September 19, 1864, he was wounded at Winchester, Virginia. He suffered a severe wound in his left arm that required an amputation. On April 5, 1865, he was discharged from service due to his wounds. James Allen died on March 17, 1895.
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