★  Rice, James Clay

James Clay Rice

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Born:
December 27, 1828

Birthplace: Worthington, Massachusetts

Father: William Rice 1778 – 1863

Mother:
Welthea Cottrell 1784 – 1870

Wife: Josephine Thorpe 1836 – 1876
(Buried: Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York)​

Education:

1854: Graduated from Yale University​

Occupation before War:

School Teacher in Natchez, Mississippi​
Attorney in New York City, New York​

Civil War Career:

1861: 1st Lt. and Adjutant of 39th New York Volunteers Infantry Regt.​
1861: Served in the First Battle of Bull Run, Virginia​
1861: Captain of 44th New York Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1861 – 1862: Lt. Colonel of 44th New York Volunteers Infantry Regt.​
1862 – 1863: Colonel of 44th New York Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1862: Served in the Virginia Peninsula Campaign​
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1862: Served in the Second Battle of Bull Run, Virginia​
1863: Served in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Assumed Brigade Command at Gettysburg after Vincent Wound​
1863 – 1864: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers Infantry​
1864: Mortally Wounded during the Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia​

Died:
May 10, 1864

Place of Death: Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia

Age at time of Death: 35 years old

Last Words: “turn me over that I may die with my face to the enemy”

Burial Place: Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York
 
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His first service in the military was a brief stint with the Garibaldi Guards. There were several brigades including Col. Strong Vincent's brigade that were raced to the crest of Little Round Top and helped prevent the Confederates from turning the left flank. In the midst of the fighting Strong was killed and Rice succeeded him.
 
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