James C. Jones was born in 1834 in Niagara County, New York.
James left New York and moved westward, possibly to Wisconsin and then to western Michigan, sometime before the war broke out.
He stood 6’0” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was a 27-year-old farmer possibly living in Newaygo County when he enlisted in Company K on April 27, 1861. By August of 1862 he was absent sick in a hospital, possibly at Fortress Monroe, Virginia, and on September 21 was reported as a deserter at Upton’s Hill, Virginia. In fact, he was discharged for “lung disease” on November 15, 1862, at Chesapeake hospital, Fortress Monroe, Virginia.
It is not known if James ever returned to Michigan.
He listed Orion City, Richland County, Wisconsin as his mailing address on his discharge paper, and indeed he was living in Marietta, Wisconsin, when he reentered the service on February 3, 1865, as a private in Company G, Forty-seventh Wisconsin infantry. The regiment was organized for one year during the winter of 1864-65 at Camp Randall in Wisconsin, and left the state on February 27, 1865. It proceeded to Louisville, Ky., Nashville and Tullahoma, Tennessee, where it was assigned to guard duty until the close of August. James was mustered out with the regiment on September 4, 1865, at Nashville, Tennessee.
James applied for a pension (no. 886152).
James was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when he died on December 14, 1915.