Morning Enterprise, January 9, 1913
TUFTS REWARDED FOR HONORING COMRADE
As a token of appreciation for placing a flag on her husband’s grave each memorial day and assisting her in obtaining her pension, Mrs. S. S. Brink, of Stafford, Wednesday presented J. A. Tufts, county treasurer and a member of Meade Post, Grand Army of the Republic, a gold headed ebony cane, which had belonged to her husband. The cane was presented to Mr. Brink, who was a member of the Thirty Sixth Wisconsin regiment during the war, by a Wisconsin Post. The head is beautifully engraved. Mr. Brink lost his right leg in a Civil War battle, and was killed about four years ago in a runaway in Portland. (Brink is buried in Oswego Pioneer Cemetery)
Oregon City Enterprise, Friday, November 17, 1916
JAMES ALBERT TUFTS, CIVIL WAR VETERAN, EX-TREASURER, DIES
James Albert Tufts, Civil war veteran and well known resident of Gladstone, died Wednesday morning at his home at 9:30 o’clock, after an illness of several months. The funeral services will be conducted on Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Holman undertaking parlors in this city, with Rev. W. T. Milliken, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery. The members of the Artisan and I. O. O. F. lodges and Meade Post No. 2, G. A. R., of which the deceased was a member, will attend in a body.
James Albert Tufts was the son of the late Andrew C. and Agnus Tufts, and was born at Calais, Maine, March 6, 1846, and was united in marriage to Miss Anna R. Rickaby, in Mantowac county, Wisconsin, December 25, 1868, from which union there were born three children, who are Mrs. Bernice Warren of Gladstone; Mrs. Charles Hannaford, of Oregon City; Mrs. Guy Dwiggins, of Gladstone.
On March 31, 1964, Mr. Tufts enlisted from Washington county Wisconsin, to serve three years during the Civil war, and was mustered into the United States service at Madison, Wisconsin, on the 31st day of March, 1864, as a private of Captain William I. Henry’s company, this being Company E, Fourteenth Volunteer Infantry, with Colonel M. Ward Commanding.
The Fourteenth Wisconsin, also known as the “Northwestern Regiment” and the “Wisconsin Regulars,” was organized November 9, 1861. It rendevoused at Camp Wood, Fondulac, its organization being completed in January 1862, and after remaining in camp until March broke camp and started for St. Louis, arriving March 10th, remaining at Jefferson barracks until March 23, and ordered to report to General Grant, at Savannah, Tenn., April 6th, and marched to Pittebur Landing, Tenn., and participating in the second day’s battle, the company lost fourteen men, wounding seventy-nine and for bravery the company obtained the title of “Wisconsin Regulars.” Other battles were participated in by Mr. Tufts and his company. He was mustered out of service at Mobile, Alabama, October 9, 1865.
Mr. Tufts enlisted as a recruit and joined his command at Cairo, Illinois. This detachment, known as “Wordens Battalion” participated in the Atlanta campaign, and he bore a gallant part in all of the engagements of that campaign, “March to the Sea,” his company being detailed to serve with the First Missouri Review at Washington, D. C., May 24, 1865, after which the company was sent to Louisville, Ky., to join the regiment. He rendered faithful and meritorious service to his country at all times, and received an honorable discharge at Mobile, Alabama, on the 9th day of October, 1865, by reason of close of war.
Mr. Tufts was a member of Meade Post No. 2, G. A. R., of this city, and was commander in 1910, and a delegate to the National encampment for 1910, He was also senior vice-commander for 1909, and is one of the oldest members of the United Artisans lodge, and Patrons of Husbandry. He held public office as school clerk and assessor in Door county, Wisconsin, for three terms. After coming to Oregon City he was elected by a large majority for county treasurer, and served two terms, and was also deputy assessor before taking up the office of county treasurer. For several years Mr. Tufts was in business in this city.
The flag on the court house in honor of the deceased is at half mast.
Mr. Tufts is survived by his widow, and his children, also the following grandchildren: Clinton and Winford Warren of Gladstone; Robert Rickaby Dwiggins, of Gladstone, Ivan, Gordon, Gladys, Albert and Sidney Hannaford, of Oregon City. He also leaves three sisters, Mrs. James McFarland, of Powell River, B. C., Mrs. Bert Taylor, of Minnesota; Mrs. W. C. Niles, of Gladstone, but now visiting at Kankakee, Illinois; one brother, Crowser Tufts, of Minnesota.
Name: James Albert Tufts
Death Date: 15 Nov 1916
Death Place: Clackamas
Civil War Pension Index: Tufts, James A.
Widow: Tufts, Anna R.
E 14 Wis Inf.
1880 Mar 5, Invalid, Application: 347084, Certificate: 277479
1917 Feb 12, Widow, Application: 1093439, Certificate: 839301, Oregon
Name: James A. Tufts
Regiment State/Origin: Wisconsin
Regiment: 14th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Private
Film Number: M559 roll 30
Name: James A Tufts
Age at Enlistment: 18
Enlistment Date: 31 Mar 1864
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Wisconsin
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company E, Wisconsin 14th Infantry Regiment on 31 Mar 1864. Mustered out on 09 Oct 1865 at Mobile, AL.
Description: height: 5 ft. 7 in., gray eyes, brown hair.
Birth Date: abt 1846
Death Date: 15 Nov 1916
Death Place: Clackamas County, Oregon
Sources: Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers: War of the Rebellion, Research by Kent Salomon Research by Harold Slavik