Enlistment Date: October 1, 1861
Release Date: October 3, 1864
Unit: 11th Pennsylvania Regiment, Company K
James Tall was born around the year 1817 in Pennsylvania. When the Civil War began, he joined the army being placed in the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment.
After the eleventh regiment was formed, it was sent to Camp Curtin. The regiment experienced its first combat experience at Falling Waters, Virginia on July 2, 1861. This battle ended with a victory against the Confederates under the command of Colonel Stonewall Jackson. Later, on June 26, 1862, the regiment participated in the Battle of Mechanicsville. Unfortunately, it could not secure victory and a majority of the soldiers became prisoners of war. This regiment remained war prisoners until August 5, 1862, until a ransom was paid for the soldiers’ release.
Following the ransom, the regiment received replacement troops for those who could not continue fighting. The regiment was then sent to offer help at the Second Battle of Bull Run on August 29, 1862. The regiment then partook in the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, in which it lost seven members. The regiment then participated in the Battle of Fredericksburg from December 11 to 15, 1862. The regiment suffered heavily with there being 112 soldiers either killed, wounded, or missing.
Later on, the eleventh played a role in the Battle of Gettysburg, arriving on July 2, 1863. During this battle, 83 members of the regiment were wounded with three members being killed. This was the last large battle that the regiment took part in with the regiment being mustered out the following year.
Following the war, he married Sarah E. Tall and together they had a son named John. James Tall died on July 28, 1896. He is buried in section B.
(Compiled by Raymond Aguiar)