James R. Evans

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James R. Evans
Born (1843-09-12)September 12, 1843
New York City, New York
Died December 27, 1918(1918-12-27) (aged 75)
Caldwell, New Jersey
Place of burial First Reformed Church Cemetery, Pompton Plains, Morris County, New Jersey
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 –1864
Rank Private
Unit New York (state) 62nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

James Robert Evans (September 12, 1843 – December 27, 1918) American Civil War soldier and Medal of Honor recipient (Date of issue: February 25, 1895).


James Robert Evans was born in New York City, New York on September 12, 1843. Died December 27, 1918 at Caldwell, New Jersey and was buried at the First Reformed Church Cemetery, Pompton Plains, Morris County, New Jersey.

Civil war[edit]

A private in Company "H" of the 62nd New York State Volunteers (Anderson Zouaves), was awarded his Medal of Honor for gallantry at the Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia, on the May 5, 1864.

Evans enlisted on June 30, 1861 at New York City, New York as a Musician. On July 3, 1861 he mustered into Company "F" of the Anderson Zouaves 62nd New York State Volunteers infantry regiment. On the same day as he was mustered in he was transferred from company "F" to company "H". He mustered out on June 29, 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia

Sgt. Charles E. Morse of Company "I" of the same regiment also received the Medal of Honor for his actions on the same day to rescue the regimental flag from a "mortally wounded" color sergeant, John H. L. Gilmore.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Private, Company H, 62d New York Infantry. Place and date: At Wilderness, Va., May 5, 1864. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Birth: New York, N.Y. Date of issue: February 25, 1895.


Went out in front of the line under a fierce fire and, in the face of the rapidly advancing enemy, rescued the regimental flag with which the color bearer had fallen.

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