Private in Company A of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army, the first regiment in the United States made up entirely of enlisted men of color. He was about 43 years old, married and working as a cook when he enlisted on 11 December 1863 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mustered out 20 August 1865 with his regiment.
The only James M. Martin I was able to find near Cambridge was an Irish American working as a shoe maker. Nothing int he 1890 Veterans Schedules that I could find either. Maybe he went by his middle name outside of military service?
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