James fought for the Union during the Civil War. There is no military record of James' service during the Civil War, bu
t the following came out of a lawsuit between James J. Pinkston and John Norwood.
James J. Pinkston joined the Union Army (7th Wisconsin Light Battery) and was captured by General Nathan Bedford Forre
st. He was released and ordered to leave Tennessee.
While giving a deposition in a lawsuit between John Norwood and James J. Pinkston, James said "I left the county in Au
gust 1862 and went to the Federal Army. I went there for the purpose of seeking protection. I was taken prisoner on 19t
h December 1862."
Also in that lawsuit, J. E. Noles said about James J. Pinkston "I saw him with soldier's uniform on. I never saw him en
list. I have heard him say he never got any pay. He said he belonged to the 7th Wisconsin Battery."
J. E. Noles was also asked if Pinkston had exercised his right of suffrage and he responded by saying "I heard say he v
oted for ole Abe in Illinois."3
- Ancestry.com. U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885
- Ancestry.com. Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1727-2008
- Depositon from 1871 lawsuit, John Norwood vs. James J. Pinkston