He enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army in Company F, 50th Regiment, Georgia Infantry at Fort Brown, Georgia. During the summer of 1862, James transferred to Company C, 51st Regiment. James' regiment (both 50th and 51st Georgia) were part of General James Longstreet's army. They participated in most of the battles in the northeast, including South Mountain, Antietam, Lookout Mountain, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania Courthouse, The Wilderness, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor. James reported that the soldiers in camp at Chancellorsville cried like babies the night that Stonewall Jackson was wounded. He was one of the soldiers who were under seige at Petersburg and retreated toward Appomatox in April 1865.
On April 6, 1865 James Hines was captured (along with approximately 6,000 other Confederates) at the Battle of Sailor's Creek, Farmville, Virginia. He was incarcerated at Point Lookout, Maryland, from April through July. No one knows how he got back home to southwest Georgia after the war; perhaps he walked as did many other soldiers.
James applied for a Civil War Veteran's pension in 1907, and in 1909 he attended Decatur or Grady County's last Confederate War Veterans' Reunion. A photograph of the veterans was made on that day (see below).
James and Almeda had eight children, of whom my grandfather Newton Lafayette was one. James George Hines died in Grady County at age 85 on 1 June 1927. He is buried at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery, Grady County, Georgia, next to his wife Almeda. His gravestone is a Confederate marker with this inscription: "James G. Hines, Co. F. 50th Ga Regt. Co. C. 51st Ga Regt."
To read more about the 50th and 51st Regiments, visit Semmes-Bryan-Simms Brigade.
I'm proud of the reproduction (photo above) of a very dark and hard-to-see tintype. The picture was probably made in the 1860's, likely during the war, in Mitchell County, Georgia. My younger brother closely resembles this great grandfather. Click on the picture to see a larger photograph.
Here is a later photograph of James G. Hines in 1909 at the last reunion of Civil War veterans in Decatur County, Georgia. He is 4th from left on back row, with long white beard.
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