James Tate Berry
James T. Berry 2nd Lieut. Co. I, 26th MO Inf
James T. Berry was a brother to Sgt. Robert M. Berry.
The information noted below for James Tate Berry came from various sources, but predominately from his Civil War veteran's pension papers and from the Bruce Bell web page for James Tate Berry: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/e/l/Bruce-Bell/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0460.html . Additional sources are noted.
Born in Missouri on March 14, 1833.
1853 graduated from Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri. Alumni Directories, Reeves Library, Westminster College, Fulton, MO 65251
Married Alida Winston Mar. 26, 1856.
1858 was residing in Linn, Mo. when according to an affidavit dated March 17, 1885, was treated for about 2 month by Dr. D. H. Waters for “enseiphelas” (erysipelas see below) of the right arm.
Oct. 26, 1860 son John C. Berry born in Osage county, Missouri.
Sept. 14, 1861 enlisted as a private in company I of the 26th Missouri infantry while residing at Linn in Osage county, Missouri.
Jan. 1, 1862 promoted to 1st sergeant.
Jan. 9, 1862 mustered at Chamois, Mo., by Lieut. William M. Wherry.
May 1,1862 promoted to 2nd Lieut.
May 26, 1862 commissioned 2nd Lieut.
Jan. 8, 1863 promoted 1st Lieut.
Jan. 26, 1863 commissioned 1st Lieut.
Feb. 6, 1863 promoted to regimental quartermaster.
Feb. 20, 1863 commissioned regimental quartermaster while stationed in Memphis, Tenn.
Nov. 11, 1864 For several days while stationed in Cartersville, Georgia, Lt. James Berry had been working on papers for the regiment in preparation for joining General William Sherman and his army on their march to the sea. He had just received the marching order to leave the next day and went to the regimental headquarters located on the second floor of a building. The headquarters was accessed by an outside stairway, which ended on a second floor porch. He entered a door on the porch which lead to the Adjutant’s office and read the order. He left the office and was discussing it with Capt. James M. Dennis and Capt. John T. Crowe when the railing collapsed and he and Captain Crowe fell about 15 feet to the ground breaking his right clavicle and seriously injuring his right eye. Berry was initially treated by the asst. regimental surgeon, Dr. Charles F. Barnett, and Dr. Mohr, the surgeon of the 10th Iowa, then acting as the brigade surgeon. He was placed in a box car of a train and accompanied by a nurse was sent to a hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. He arrived in Chattanooga on Nov. 12 and was assigned to Hospital No. 1 where he remained until Dec. 30 or 31, 1864. He then went to St. Louis where he was mustered out on Jan. 12, 1865, because he’d reached the end of his service.
Jan. 30, 1866, filed for veterans pension due to injury sustained in his fall on Nov. 11, 1864. Was residing in Chamois, Osage county, Mo.
Appointed government surveyor in 1872 and moved to Washington Territory, Lewis county, residing in Chehalis.
Nov. 12, 1873, surgeons examination at Olympia, Wash. Height 5’10”; weight 180; age 40.
Sept. 14, 1875, surgeons examination at Olympia, Wash. Height 5’10”; weight 170; age 42. Weakness of arm, which gave him pain at night. Has trouble reading with both eyes and has difficulty seeing at distances. Surgeon rated him to receive $8.50 for disability. Was otherwise in good physical condition.
March 7, 1888, surgeons examination at Seattle, Wash.: height 5’9”; weight 190; age 55. Examination revealed that his left arm had wasted and scarred from “erysipelas.” Berry stated that his eyesight is getting worse making it difficult to do surveying work. He has some dizziness and sees double in his right eye. Doctor observed that his right clavicle is less pronounced than the left one.
erysipelas - acute infection of the skin characterized by a sharply demarcated, shiny red swelling, accompanied by high fever and a feeling of general illness. The causative agent is the hemolytic streptococcus, which often enters the body through a break in the skin. Erysipelas affects the skin of the face so frequently that when it strikes other parts of the body, it may often be misdiagnosed. Bacteremia (blood poisoning) and pneumonia are the most common complications. Erysipelas is a highly contagious disease that was formerly dangerous to life; however, it can now be quickly controlled by antibiotic therapy.
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Died May 29, 1891 in Portland, OR. He was buried in Ferncrest Cem., Chehalis, Lewis county, WA.