|Birth||Jan. 14, 1840|
|Death||May 28, 1935|
|Unit||59th Indiana Infantry, F&S|
Sergeant Major James C Mahan
Field & Staff, 59th Indiana Infantry
Mahan was born in Vincennes (Knox County), Indiana on January 14, 1840. The 22 year old enlisted in the regiment on February 12, 1862 at Sullivan, Indiana. He served over 3 years before his discharge on July 17, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky. Mahan was promoted to sergeant major on May 24, 1865.
The 59th Indiana Infantry was organized at Gosport and Indianapolis on February 11, 1862. During Mahan’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862).
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863). Regimental losses were 15 killed and 11 wounded on May 22, 1863.
General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).
Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).
Campaign of the Carolinas (SC/NC) (January-April 1865).
Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 19-21, 1864).
At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee (April 26, 1865).
Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).
Mahan died on May 28, 1935 at the age of 95 years. He is buried in the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln (Lancaster County), Nebraska. Mahan was a member of the Farragut Post (#25) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Lincoln.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.