Historical Rosters Database
James M. NealRoster ID 2971
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1867|
|Biography & Genealogy:||James Mastin Neal, Class of 1867: Born- January 3, 1845. Matriculated from Danville, Va. At VMI 3 months (entered as a 5th year freshman). Military Record: Enlisted April 23, 1861 at Danville as Private, Company B, 18th Virginia. Absent sick summer 1861. Detailed March 29, 1862 as orderly to Brig Gen (later Maj Gen) G.E. Pickett. Unofficial source says Wounded in Action at Frayser's Farm. Another says injured in fall from horse. Discharged August 2, 1862 and entered VMI. Enrolled as conscript March 4, 1864 and assigned to Company B, 18th Virginia. Soon detailed as courier for Pickett. In hospital (Danville) April 29-May 9, 1864 ("Syphilis Primitivia"). Detailed as Quartermaster clerk late 1864. Captured at High Bridge April 6, 1865. Held at Point Lookout, Maryland. Released on oath June 2, 1865. Post War Career: Married Rose P. Allen (1866). Tobacco manufacturer; warehouse operator; life insurance agent; director, Piedmont Railroad. Served several terms on Danville City Council and as city's postmaster in 2nd administration of President Grover Cleveland. President, Danville Chamber of Commerce. Mason. Odd Fellow. Episcopal. Died- Danville July 17, 1907. Buried in Green Hill Cemetery there.|