James Baroll Washington (1839 - 1900)

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Birthplace: Baltimore, MD, USA
Death: Died in Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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About James Baroll Washington


Civil War Confederate Officer. This descendent of President George Washington was a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the United States Military Academy. When the American Civil War became imminent, he embraced the Southern Confederacy and received a commission that made him a lieutenant in the Provisional Army of Virginia (PAVA). Subsequently, he was appointed to a lieutenancy in the Confederate States Army and assigned to General Joseph Eggleston Johnston to serve as an Aide-de-Camp. It was in this capacity that the unfortunate officer was captured on May 31, 1862 at the Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia.

During this captivity, a chanced meeting with George Armstrong Custer, an acquaintance from his West Point days, took place. The two former plebes and then current adversaries later sat together for a series of photographs (see right). Washington remained a prisoner-of-war until his exchange on September 21, 1862 at Aiken's Landing, Virginia, after which, he was assigned as an Ordnance Officer in Montgomery, Alabama. At the close of the war, he became an executive with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He died in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Lt. James B. Washington, CSA's Timeline

August 26, 1839
Baltimore, MD, USA
February 23, 1864
Age 24
Montgomery, AL, USA
March, 1865
Age 25
November 16, 1866
Age 27
October 4, 1871
Age 32
Baltimore, MD, USA
March 6, 1900
Age 60
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Baltimore, MD, USA