Born: May 19, 1831 in Pennsylvania
Died: January 2, 1908
SERGT CO I 19 IOWA INF
Prior to the Civil War James Barnes was a resident of Jefferson County, Iowa. In 1856 he was living in Locust Grove employed as a shoemaker.
He enlisted from Abington, Iowa on August 8, 1862 as a PVT in CO I 19 IOWA INF. He was promoted to Full 5th SERGT on May 20, 1863 and promoted to Full 4th SERGT on September 1, 1864. He mustered out in Mobile, Alabama on July 10, 1865.
By 1900 he was living in the Bernardo area of Escondido, San Diego County, California with his wife, Cornelia, and their children. He was a member of Escondido's GAR Post #143.