Ray, James – Civil War


This James Ray mug is part of our collection of Civil War biographical mugs.  An image of James Ray and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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On August 21, 1861, James Ray and his younger brother Samuel Ray enlisted in Company F, New Jersey 5th Infantry Regiment.  On Sept 7, 1864, they mustered out in Trenton, New Jersey. Samuel and James both rose to the rank of Corporal.  During their 3 years of service, the 5th N.J. Regiment was engaged in many battles.  At Gettysburg, the regiment had 188 men engaged in the battle, with losses of 18 killed, 60 wounded and 16 missing, that being one-half of the numbers engaged.  After the war, James married Rebecca Sanderlin and had 7 children, Capitola, Sarah, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Zacheous, James, and Clarence.  In 1860, his occupation was listed as a sailor.  He lived at times in Salem and Quinton, New Jersey, and is buried in Alloway along with his younger brother Samuel.

5th New Jersey Infantry Regiment

Civil War engagements of the 5th New Jersey Infantry Regiment include the Siege of Yorktown and Battles of Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Savage’s Station, Glendale, Malvern Hill, Second Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Manassas Gap, McLean’s Ford, Mine Run, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Siege of Petersburg, Deep Bottom, the Crater (mine explosion), Fort Sedgwick, Peeble’s Farm, and the Battle of Boydton Plank Road. In November 1864, the 5th Regiment was consolidated with the 7th Regiment. New Jersey Volunteers.

This James Ray mug is part of our Civil War Series profiling participants in the War Between the States.  Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg.  We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.


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