James A. Outland, Sergeant, Co. A 79th Illinois Infantry, US
- February 25: James A. Outland is born in North Carolina to Quakers, Thomas and Asenith Outland. ***Exact date from Quaker meeting notes.***
- August 17: The United States Federal Census taken in Northhampton County, North Carolina shows 4 year old James living with his parents and siblings.
- The Outland family moves from North Carolina to Illinois.
- September 5: The United States Federal Census taken in Prairie Township, Edgar County, Illinois shows 14 year old James living with his parents and siblings. His father is a farmer.
- July 29: James enlisted in the US Army. Information on enlistment papers. Height: 5’ 5, Hair: Light, Eyes: Blue, Complexion: Fair, Marital Status: Single, Occupation: Farmer, Birth Place: Norhthampton Co, NC, Age: 18 (incorrect.)
- August 28: James mustered into Company A, 79th Illinois Infantry at Camp Anna, Illinois.
- September 19: James is promoted to Corporal.
- August 10: James is promoted to Sergeant.
- November 30: James fought in the Battle of Franklin. He was in Conrad’s forward line to the East of the Columbia Pike. James was injured several times in the fierce fighting.
- June 12: James is mustered out of the US Army at Nashville, Tennessee.
- September 11: James applies for an Invalid’s pension from the US Military.
- May 24: James is admitted to the North-Western Branch National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He is listed as receiving a $15.00 pension from the military because of a gun shot wound to the left thigh. He is listed as 23 years old.
- July 22: The United States Federal Census taken in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin shows James as a “disabled soldier in USM Asylum.”
- November 22: Discharged from the National Home by request.
- James is listed as a second year student at the Illinois Soldiers College. ***Opened September 15, 1866 as a home and school for soldiers with free board and tuition.***
- November: The Palladium pamphlet published by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan for school year 1874-1875 lists James Outland as a law student.
- May 31: The Inter Ocean, Chicago, Illinois.
- James gives a speech on Decoration Day at the cemetery he himself would be buried at in less than 5 years.
- May 15: James marries Mary S. Peters in Vermilion County, Illinois.
- May 7: The Inter Ocean, Chicago Illinois
- June 3: The United States Federal Census taken in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois shows James, a lawyer, living with his wife Mary.
- March 5: James Albert Outland dies in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. He is buried at Spring Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum.
- March 8: Decatur Daily Republican
- April 25: James’ wife Mary applies for a widow’s pension from the US military.