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About Major James Evans, MD (CSA)
Dr. James Evans was born in Marion, South Carolina on September 12, 1831. James was also educated at Marion Academy. He entered the South Carolina Military Academy in the class of 1853 at the age of seventeen. Due to friction between his class and the Academy, James and other members of his class were expelled. James returned home and began working as an engineer on the Cheraw & Darlington Railroad Company. James also worked on the Charleston & Savannah Railroad before moving to Carroll County, Mississippi to teach school. Following a brief stint in teaching he joined a corps of engineers who were building the Little Rock & Napoleon Railway. In 1857 The Governor of Arkansas appointed James as State Civil Engineer and tasked him with building the great levees along the Mississippi, Arkansas, and Red River fronts.
In the Spring of 1859, James entered the University of Pennsylvania to pursue the study of medicine. He graduated with a degree in medicine in the Spring of 1861. James intended to set sail for Europe by way of New York, but after learning of the events in Charleston Harbor, he returned South to volunteer his services for the Confederacy. James learned of the military build up in Virginia and made his way to Manassas in time to offer his medical expertise on the field of battle. Following the battle, James was placed in charge of the Division Hospital at Leesburg, Virginia. In Leesburg, James would meet his future wife. James was soon detailed from his service at Leesburg and made and assistant at a Confederate Hospital in Adams Run, South Carolina. There he assisted Dr. Fred Giddings. During his service at Adams Run, he suffered a severe attack of hemorrhagic fever. Following his recovery, he was promoted to the rank of Major of the South Carolina 3rd Regiment of Volunteers. The 3rd South Carolina was attached to Kershaw's Brigade, McClaw's Division, Longstreet's Corps, Army of Northern Virginia for the duration of the war.
Following the war, James returned to Marion County where he purchased a modest plantation where he resided until moving to Florence, South Carolina in 1877. In 1887, James was elected President of the South Carolina Medical Association and at the expiration of his term was appointed by the Governor as a member of the State Board of Health. James wrote numerous articles which were published in various medical journals. He was also a member of the United Confederate Veterans, United Confederate Surgeons and South Carolina Chapter of Sons of the Revolution.
James lived an additional 44 years following the end of the Civil War. He died while on vacation in Clifton Springs, Ontario County, New York on July 15, 1909 at the age of 77. His body was returned to Florence, South Carolina and was laid to rest in Mount Hope Cemetery.