Second Lieutenant JAMES M. MOORE


Second Lieutenant JAMES M. MOORE, was born in Vermont, in 1831, I judge, from his reporting himself to be thirty-one years old at first muster. He early removed to Massachusetts and to Vernon, Conn., finally settling in the village of Broad Brook, in the town of East Windsor. He worked at farming and in a mill, but winters devoted his time to teaching, being one winter Principal of the East Windsor Academy. In East Windsor, he seems to have gathered from the strongly orthodox seminary influences that made his character firm and true. Enlisting in Co. E of the 14th, he was made a corporal. For a long time he was detailed in the Commissary Department. June 16, 1864, he was recalled to the regiment and commissioned second lieutenant. At the battle of Ream’s Station, Virginia, August 25, 1864, he was reported “missing in action,” and has never been seen since. For a long time his fate was in doubt, and not till after the war was it ascertained certainly.

A letter from his brother-in-law states that since the war a prisoner wrote his family that he, with Lieut. Moore and some others, went a little in advance of the company to look over a hill and learn the enemy’s position, when they were fired upon from the rear by a party of the rebels whose position had been concealed, and Lieut. Moore and all but the writer, fell dead.

His Bible was sent his family by the U. S. Christian Commission.

Of quiet but serious temperament, Lieut. Moore’s life was upright, and conversation pure. Like Canfield and Bartholomew, he lies in an unknown grave, but no member of the old 14th, living or dead, can ever be “unknown” to us.