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James Thomas Watt HairstonRoster ID 684
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|Middle Name:||Thomas Watt|
|Affiliation:||Class of 1858|
|Biography & Genealogy:||James Thomas Watt Hairston, Class of 1858 (graduated 10 out of 19 cadets): Born January 28, 1835. Matriculated from Martinsville, Ms. At VMI 4 years. Military Record: Entered Ms state service January 1861 with the "Prairie Guards" and served at Pensacola, Fl with the Company until it disbanded in March 1861. Commissioned 2nd Lt Reserve Army CS March 1861. Company re-organized, elected him Captain, and became Company E, 11th Ms. On sick furlough (rheumatism) July-August 1861. In September 1861 attached self to staff of his cousin Colonel (later Maj Gen) J.E.B. Stuart for skirmish at Lewisville. Resigned (health) as Captain October 8, 1861. As 2nd Lt, Reserve Army CS assigned October 21, 1861 to duty as Commandant, Libby Prison, Richmond. Relieved January 16, 1862 and given medical furlough with orders to report to Stuart. Attached to Stuart's staff as volunteer aide-de-camp and acting assistant adjutant general until August 8, 1862 when appointed Maj and assigned to Stuart's staff. Provost Marshall, Stuart's cavalry division October 1862. Submitted resignation as Major and assistant adjutant general (health) March 1. Resigned as Lt, Reserve Army CS May 15, 1863. No further service. Signed parole May 16, 1865 at Meridian, Ms. Post War Career: Teacher; planter. Married Bettie Perkins Hairston (a cousin) 1873. Died- Columbus, Ms; buried at family cemetery at "Beaver Creek" near Martinsville.|