James E. Stratton

7th Tennessee Infantry
Company D, H

Son of Thomas Jefferson Stratton and Caroline Margaret Golladay
Husband of Mary Grimes


On 20 May 1861, James enlisted in Nashville. On 25 October 1861, he tranferred to Company H.


In May, 1861, he enlisted in Company D, Seventh Regiment Tennessee Infantry Volunteers, and participated in all the battles of the Virginia campaign in 1861-62. He was severely wounded at the battle of Seven Pines. He was cared for in the house of the Misses Forbes, sisters of Col. Forbes, of Clarksville, Tenn. He resided for some time with his uncle, in Grenada, Miss. In 1862, while in Kentucky, he was arrested by Federal troops, but after taking the oath of allegiance was released and remained in Kentucky until the fall of Richmond.

Reference: The Goodspeed History of Wilson County, Tennessee, Biographical Appendix (1886)


After his injury on 31 May 1862, James was furloughed at Richmond by order of the Secretary of War.

On 24 March 1864, he married Mary Grimes. In 1866, James returned to Lebanon and worked with his as a merchant with father and brothers for a short while. Then he moved Todd County, Kentucky as a merchant for three years and as a farmer for six years. From 1873 to 1876 he was a druggist in Allensville, Kentucky and from there he went to Nashville and opened a merchant and tailor's store. He returned to Lebanon in the fall of 1879.


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