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Details for Roster ID 2986

Name:James Brainerd Preston
Affiliation:Class of 1867
Biography & Genealogy:James Brainerd Preston, Class of 186. New Market Cadet. Born- Dec. 3, 1845 near Abingdon, Va. Father- John Fairman Preston; Mother- Jane Rea (some sources say Rhea). Mat. Grandfather- Samuel Rea (Rhea). No information on Mat. Grandmother or Pat. Grandparents. Married- Hattie Bryan Tinsley, daughter of Seaton Garland Tinsley Children- Seaton Tinsley Preston. Entered VMI- Aug. 18, 1863; Resigned March 1, 1865 to join the C.S.A.; Made Honorary Graduate Jan. 16, 1875. Civil War Service- Private in Co. B of the Corps of Cadets during the Battle of New Market; although he resigned from VMI to join the C.S.A, there are no further records of his War Service. Post War Career- Appointed 2nd Lt. of 125th Va. Militia Oct. 13, 1866; Farmer Died- Oct. 21 (some records say 26) 1922.
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