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James Purcell CowardinRoster ID 967
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1866|
|Biography & Genealogy:||James Purcell Cowardin, Class of 1866: Genealogy: Born- Dec. 21, 1846 in Richmond, Va. Father- James A. Cowardin, founder and Editor of the Richmond Times Dispatch; Mother- Anna Purcell No information on grandparents Never married, no children VMI Record: Entered VMI- Nov. 6, 1862; Dismissed Aug. 6, 1863 for hazing (not caught, but confessed to the act to save the sentinel on guard from being dismissed); Reinstated by the Board of Visitors Jan. 29, 1864; Resigned Feb. 19, 1864 to enter military service Civil War Record: Private in Co. I 1st Confederate Engineers Regiment; later promoted to Sgt. at an unknown date; moved to Co. A. May 6, 1864; In hospital Aug- Oct. 1864 will illness; Promoted to Sgt. Major Oct. 1, 1864; Paroled at Appomattox Careers: Ship's clerk; Journalist; Lecturer Died- Oct. 15, 1877 in Richmond, Va.|