Born in New York City on December 20, 1844, he earned the Medal of Honor in the Civil War, while serving as Private, Company A, 2nd New York Volunteer Cavalry at Woodstock, Virginia, on April 5, 1865.
He died on May 6, 1904 and was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Martha Spence Campbell (25 February 1856-7 August 1943) is buried beside him.
CAMPBELL, JAMES A.
Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 2d New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Woodstock, Virginia, 22 January 1865; At Amelia Courthouse, Virginia, 5 April 1865. Entered service at:——. Birth: New York, N.Y. Date of issue: 30 October 1897.
While his command was retreating before superior numbers at Woodstock, Virginia, he voluntarily rushed back with one companion and rescued his commanding officer, who had been unhorsed and left behind. At Amelia Courthouse captured 2 battle flags.
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