By occupation a farmer, enlisted Sept. 6, 1861 Cambridge Ohio, at 22 years of age, as a private in Co. B. 15th O.V.V.I. 1st Brigade. 2nd Division. 4th A.C. April 7, 1862, at the battle of Shiloh he received a gunshot wound through the left thigh and in the winter of 1862 he was in the hospital about three days at Green River, KY, with yellow jaundice. In the spring of 1865 he was furloughed from Bull's Gap, Tenn., for thirty days rejoining his regiment in Nashville, Tenn. He now suffers from several diseases contracted in the army. He was Honorably discharged from first enlistment to re-enlist as a veteran at Chattanooga, Tenn. Jan 1, 1864 in the same regiment. In the fall of 1863 in Stevenson, Ala. He was detailed as a guard at U.S Carroll about six to eight months, and again at Chattanooga in the winter of 1863-64 as a nurse at general hospital at Missionary Ridge, until his re-enlistment. He took active part in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Stone River, Liberty Gap, Chickamauga, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Cassville, Picket's Mill, Kennesaw Mt, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Lovejoy, Franklin and Nashville, and received his final honorable discharge Nov 21, 1865 in San Antonio Texas. Two brothers also served in the late war. Henry, in the 16th U.S. Inf. was wounded at the battle of Burnt Creek and is now deceased, and John Carnes served in Co. E 176th O.V.L about ten months. Two brothers of his wife also served in the late war. William, in the 42nd O.V.I. under Garfield, served three and a half years, and Martin served three years in Co. H, 12th O. Cav. Her grandfather, John Kays, died in service at Manassas Gap aged over eighty years. Comrade Carnes was born July 15, 1839, in Guernsey Co, Ohio, a son of John and Ann (Bell) Carnes, both deceased. On March 14, 1864 he was married in Guernsey county Ohio to Isabella Kays, born in Guernsey County, Ohio January 31, 1846; her parents Danial and Martha (Milligan) Kays, are deceased. James and Isabella's children are Abraham L, U.S Grant, Della May Bell, Rhoda Jane and Hariett Emma. Comrade Carnes is a member of Meagher Post, No 492, in which he is past O.D; He receives a pension of $17 a month, has retired from business life and his address is North Salem, Ohio.
2002 February 19: Moved to own file.