Courtesy of George W. Dodge: April 2007
James Saxon was wounded and captured at Rappahannock Station, Virginia on November 7, 1863. His headstone incorrectly states he died on December 4 — that was the day he was buried as he died on December 3, 1863 from a bullet wound to his right knee.
His leg was amputated. On December 3, 1863 the ligature separated from his femoral artery and he lost so much blood that he died eight hours later. Saxon’s case is detailed in the Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War. Although he was in a Louisiana regiment he was from Cuthbert, Randolph County, Georgia. He had ten brothers and sisters.
SAXON, JAMES M
D 9 LA INF
- BURIED AT: SECTION CONF SITE 226
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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