Cpl James G. Wray
James G. Wray name: Wray, James G.
aka:  Ray, James G 
Rank: Cpl 
Branch: Union 
Regiment: Co. F, 16th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
Cemetery: Oakhill Cemetery, Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin 
Service: 1/4/1864 -
Birth: 4/22/1848 Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin
Death: 1908
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James G. Wray

James G Wray of Janesville, is a representative of one of the pioneer families of Rock County. His father, John Wray, was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, in 1820, and in his native town was reared to manhood, and learned the trade of a mason. He came to the United States with a colony of English emigrants, who settled on the Wisconsin River, but not being satisfied to remain with that party, he went to Milwaukee, where he secured work at his trade. While in that city he married Miss Hannah Glendenning, and in 1844 removed to Janesville, where he was numbered among the early masons of that city, and was a worthy and respected citizen. His health finally failing, he removed to Nebraska in 1874, but the change did not materially benefit him, and he died in December of that year. He left family consisting of a wife and five children, all of whom are now residents of Nebraska, with the exception of our subject. The other members of the family are as follows: Mrs. Janette Purintum, John, William and Charles.

James G. Wray was born in Janesville, April 22, 1848, and on the 4th day of January, 1864, before he was sixteen years of age, he enlisted in Company F. 16th Regiment Wisconsin Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He took part in the many important battles, including Big Shanty, Kenesaw Mountain and the battle before Atlanta. He belonged to Leggett's famous division, which took such an important part in the severe battles of the 21st and 22d of July, 1864, in front of Atlanta, and then followed Sherman on the celebrated march to the sea. He also participated in the Grand Review at Washington. In the two years of his service, while he escaped the bullets of the enemy, he was not off duty a single day during that time. He was a gallant soldier, and served his country faithfully and well.

In 1870 Mr. Wray formed a matrimonial alliance with Miss Helen Edgar a daughter of William Edgar, and to them have been born six children, five sons and a daughter - J. Glen, William E., Hannah M., Archibald, Charles and Edwin.

Since his return from the war, Mr. Wray has been engaged in carpentering and building, and the firm of Wray & Blair is among the leading builders of Janesville. He is one of the progressive citizens of Rock County. He supports the Republican party by his ballot and influence. Mr. and Mrs. Wray have a pleasant home, situated at 104 Linn street, which he built in 1886.

source: ''The Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock County, Wis.'' (c)1889, pp. 676-677

  16th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry1

Organized at Madison, Wis., and mustered in January 31, 1862. Left State for St. Louis, Mo., March 13, thence moved to Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., March 14-20. Attached to 1st Brigade, 6th Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1862. 1st Brigade, 6th Division, District of Corinth, Miss., to November, 1862. 1st Brigade, 6th Division, Left Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. 1st Brigade, 6th Division, 16th Army Corps, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade 6th Division, 17th Army Corps, to September, 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 17th Army Corps, to April, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 17th Army Corps, to July, 1865.

SERVICE.-Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7, 1862. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Duty at Corinth till September 17. Battle of Corinth, Miss., October 3-4. Pursuit to Ripley October 5-12. Ordered to Grand Junction November 2 and duty there till November 28. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign. Operations on the Mississippi Central Railroad to December 28. Moved to Moscow and duty along Memphis & Charleston Railroad till January 10, 1863. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., January 10, thence to Young's Point, La., January 17, and to Lake Providence March 8. Action at Old River, Lake Providence, February 10. Provost duty at Lake Providence till August. Pin Hook and Caledonia Bayou. Macon, May 10. Expedition to Mechanicsburg May 26-June 4. Near Lake Providence June 9. Moved to Red Bone Church August 1 and duty there till February 5, 1864. Garrison duty at Vicksburg till March 4. Veterans on furlough March and April. Non-veterans on duty at Vicksburg till April 5, then joined Regiment at Cairo, Ill. Veterans moved to Cairo, Ill., April 20-22. Moved to Clifton, Tenn., May 4, thence march to Ackworth, Ga. via Huntsville and Decatur, Ala., and Rome, Ga., May 5-June 8. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign June 8-September 8. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Brush Mountain June 15. Assault on Kenesaw Mountain June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Howell's Ferry July 5. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Leggett's or Bald Hill July 20-21. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Ezra Chapel July 28. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Pocotaligo, S. C., January 14. Reconnoissance to Salkehatchie River January 25. Barker┐s Mills, Whippy Swamp, February 1. Salkehatchie Swamp February 2-5. Binnaker's Bridge, South Edisto, February 9. Orangeburg February 11-12. Columbia February 16-17. Averysboro , N. C., March 16. Battle of Bentonville March 19-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D. C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June 7. Mustered out July 12, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 6 Officers and 141 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 248 Enlisted men by disease. Total 399.

1 Source: National Park Service, Soldiers and Sailors System; "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer,Cosmas; An Army for Empire : The United States Army in the Spanish American War by A. Graham, (Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing Co., 1993).

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