James A. Sexton, 72nd Illinois Infantry

James Andrew Sexton

Residence ChicagoIL;

Enlisted on 6/13/1862 as a 1st Lieutenant.

On 6/13/1862 he was commissioned into “E” Co. IL 67th Infantry He was Mustered Out on 9/27/1862

On 8/21/1862 he was commissioned into “D” Co. IL 72nd Infantry He was Mustered Out on 8/7/1865

Promotions:* Capt 8/21/1862 (As of Co. D 72nd IL Inf)

Other Information:born in Chicago, ILMember of GAR Post # 706 (Columbia) in Calumet, ILHeld GAR Offices:* National Commander-in-Chief for 1898died 2/5/1899 in Washington, DC
(Died in 1899)

Submitted by Rayna Boyles (Capt. James A. Sexton’s 2g granddaughter)


Drew Sexton submitted James A. Sexton’s account of the Battle of Franklin in PDF

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20 Responses to James A. Sexton, 72nd Illinois Infantry

  1. Susan Catlin says:

    James A. Sexton was my great grandfather. My grandfather Franklin Sexton Catlin was born Franklin Tecumseh Sexton but his mother Laura Woods Sexton died in childbirth and he was adopted by her sister Mary Woods Catlin.

    • Toni Simon says:

      I too am a decendent of James A Sexton. He is my great-great-great grandfather. My grandmother, Ellen Augusta Sexton Wallig was his granddaughter. I would love to know more about the family if you have any additional information.

    • Toni Simon says:

      Dear Susan;

      My family has been trying to find relatives of James Andrew Sexton. I am his great great great granddaughter. My grandmother was Ellen Augusta Sexton. She married Joseph Wallig. The had 7 children and one is my mother, Irene. Your grandfather was my mothers’ great uncle.

      • Drew Sexton says:

        Hi Toni! We see Rosemary, Ellen’s daughter. Are you connected into the family in Chicago and Wisconsin? E-mail me at chicago_sexton@hotmail.com I have lots of info as well. Would love to meet sometime. Where are you located?

    • Orville Bercaw says:

      James a. Sexton was my grandfather on my mothers side Edith Margarette Sexton. I now reside in Vieques, PR

  2. Rayna Boyles says:

    Col. James A. Sexton (Captain during BOF), is buried at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago, IL. He is part of a Civil War walking tour they do there. This is the largest cemetery in Chicago with many famous people buried there. There is also a small Civil War museum there.
    Rosehill Cemetery
    5800 N. Ravenswood Ave.
    Chicago, IL. 60660
    If you are ever in town, it’s a great experience. The Chicago Civil War Round Table is also very well done.

    • Darlene says:

      Dear Rayna,
      In a box of old books I purchased at an auction I found a book titled Military record of James A. Sexton with historic reference, also inside are two certificates for James handwritten. Maybe this book is common, I don’t know, but wondered if you would be interested in it or maybe someone in the family would as for ancester significance.
      Thank you for your time
      Best regards,

  3. Rayna Boyles says:

    One of Chicago’s oldest school buildings was built in 1880 and named North Division High School. It was renamed James A. Sexton Elementary School in 1902. It is now a Chicago landmark registered in the Historical Society and part of a historical district tour in Chicago.
    James A. Sexton School
    160 W. Wendell St.
    Chicago, IL

    (His cousin, Austin O. Sexton, also has a schooled named after him in Chicago.)



    • Drew Sexton says:

      Austin was his Brother dear cuz!
      They had eight sons and four daughters who grew to maturity. Margaret Elizabeth married James E. Cassidy, and also reared twelve children; Thomas S., for many years an employe of the Chicago postoffice, died in December, 1889; Mary Ann married James E. Ennis, and reared nine children, all of whom graduated at the Chicago High School; three died in early childhood, and James A. is the seventh; William H. is a citizen of New Orleans, Louisiana; Sarah E. married John Highland, of Chicago, who was a Sergeant in Colonel Sexton’s company of the Seventy-second Illinois Infantry; Henry M. is superintendent of the refrigerator-car service of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway, being the inventor of the cars used; George M. is a resident of Chicago; Eliza married George B. Hopkins, who is superintendent of a western division of the Wells-Fargo Express; Austin O. and Joseph W. are residents of Chicago, the former being a prominent Democratic politician, who served several years in the City Council and eight years as a Member of the Illinois Legislature; and Louis N. resides in Liverpool, England.

  4. A. D. GODBEE says:

    Whoopee!!!! What a blessing to contact Jimmy Sexton’s relative. I am doing research in which Capt. Sexton—a sunday school student of DL Moody’s North Market Hall gathering of rag-tag north Chicago poor— was promoted to Col. and given command of Major Wm. James or Lt. col Joseph Stockton both of whom I believe were killed in the battle of Franklin, Nov. 20, ’64. Possibly only Major James was killed and Jimmy got that command. I have been trying to find out.
    You may Email me at st.art.dale@hotmail.com if you wish.

    Have you any information in this regard?

  5. Drew Sexton says:

    Steve, about the button, I have one too. From looking around at GAR things, I am guessing that was what was handed out when he was running for Commander of the GAR. I know he won in 1898 but not sure if he ever ran before that.

  6. Richard Chaput says:

    Great resource will book mark this site. We are having a Familiy Reunion this Memorial weekend 2013 – in Nashville. Weekend includes visit to battle of Franklin reenactment.
    Richard Chaput

  7. Catherine McKechney says:

    Does anyone have information on Capt. Sexton living in Lake Bluff Illinois? Our museum’s information shows him residing at 400 E. Center Avenue. Can anyone confirm this information or shed light on his time in this community?

    • Drew Sexton says:

      We know he had a summer house, and since his wife inherited it and is listed as living there in 1920 it has to be the one. I’ll be at the meeting Wed, hope to meet you there! Drew

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