James Milligan was born in Sheffield, England, May 2, 1824, of parents, Thomas and Christina (Flood) Milligan, both deceased, his father has the distinction of being the first man to cast steel in the U.S.† Our subject was married Nov. 15, 1849, in Wilkes Barre, Pa., to Hannah Boycott who was a native of Staffordshire, England. Her parents, no longer numbered among the living, are John and Maria (Bowen) Boycott. Mr. and Mrs. Milligan have had issue twelve children, born in the order here given: Thomas J. dec., Maria, Christina, James, William J., Mary, Catherine, Charles, Sadie and Anne (twins), John dec., and Thomas J. dec.† Our subject was by occupation a puddler at the time of his enlistment, which occurred August, 1862, at Pittsburg, Pa., as a private in Co. D, 155th Pa. V.I., 5th A.C., being 37 years old. His active hostilities were the battles of South Mt., Antietam, Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg. He was granted an honorable discharge April 10, 1863, near Falmouth, Va., on surgeonís certificate of disability, being unfit for further service. He had two brothers in the volunteer service, Edward, a member of 8th Pa. Res. and 6th Cav., and George in 9th Pa. Res., who fell at the battle of South Mt. for the glorious cause he had upheld. Mrs. Milligan was engaged in the Cartridge department of the U.S. Arsenal at Pittsburg, Pa., when it blew up in 1862, dealing death and destruction to so many poor souls. She escaped with many wounds and bruises, from which she has never fully recovered. A nephew, Reuben Snyder, served in the Union Army. Comrade Milligan is unable to perform manual labor and he is the recipient of a pension. He may be addressed at New Albany, Ind.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
N.Y., Toledo, Chicago
Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike