James F. Drake

James F. Drake was born 1842 in Michigan, the son of Seth W. (1815-1864) and Mary (b. 1820).

Seth and Mary were both from New York and married on January 31, 1838 in Phelps, Ontario County, New York. Seth eventually moved his family west and settled in Michigan by 1850 when he was working as a farmer and living with his family in Eagle, Clinton County, Michigan where James attended school. In 1860 James was working as a laborer and living with his family in Eagle where his father still worked as a farmer.

James was 20 years old and residing in Portland, Ionia County when he enlisted with his parents’ consent in Company E on May 13, 1861. He was wounded in the leg on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run. He was reported missing in action in early September but in fact he had been admitted to Cliffburne hospital in Washington, DC, where he suffered the amputation of the upper third of one of his thighs. He died of vulnus sclopeticum (wounds) on September 13 at Cliffburne hospital, and was buried in the Military Asylum cemetery (Soldier's Home National cemetery).

James’s father Seth enlisted in 1864 in the Twenty-third Michigan infantry. He was wounded in May and died at Chattanooga, Tennessee in June of 1864 and was buried in Chattanooga National Cemetery: section D., 12462.

In August of 1864 Mary was living in Eagle, Clinton County when she applied for and received a pension (no. 49155).