James Minie was born in 1835 in Montreal, Quebec.
James left Canada and came to the United States sometime before the war broke out, eventually settling in western Michigan.
He stood 5’9” with blue eyes, dark hair and a fair complexion and was 24 years old and probably working as an engineer in Muskegon, Muskegon County when he enlisted in Company H on May 6, 1861. (Company H, formerly the “Muskegon Rangers,” was made up largely of men from the vicinity of Muskegon and Newaygo counties.) He was absent sick in the hospital in September of 1862, and on detached service in October when he was discharged on October 28, 1862, at Fairfax Seminary hospital, Virginia, for chronic diarrhea of 4 months’ standing.
There is no further record.