Biographical Profile: Pvt. James Alex Hodge, Company F, Pennsylvania Volunteers, 100th Regiment
Transcribed by Tami McConahy, 2nd great-grandniece of Corp. Thomas John Martin, Co. F. from "History of Lawrence County, Wick Wood, 1887.
History of Lawrence County, compiled by Wick Wood - 1887
James Alex Hodge was born Dec. 23, 1839, in Wilmington township, Lawrence county on the farm of his father, William Hodge, who died in 1870 aged 39 years. He was raised on the farm and attended school at the Fayetteville public school, where he received a good common school education. At the age of 22 years he left home to work for himself, and worked at different trades until he located and bought property in Fayettesville. In the fall of 1862 he enlisted in the 13th Regt. P.V., and remained with his regiment the full nine months. William Shaw, of New Castle, was the Captain of his company. During the battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, '63, he was wounded in the shoulder, but the wound was slight. He came home after being mustered out at the expiration of the nine months service, and re-enlisted in the 100 P.V., and remained with that regiment until the close of the war. Mr. Hodge was again wounded at the battle in front of Petersburg in June, 1865, in the shoulder, from which he is still disabled. At the close of the war he came home to Fayetteville, sold his property, moved to Mercer county, bought property, erected buildings, and farmed and threshed. He sold his property in Mercer county and went to Mahoning township, Lawrence county, where he run a saw mill. From there he came to Pulaski in 1876 and remained at the sawmill until June 1879, when he received a severe sunstroke which necessitated his having work in the house. He opened a barber shop in Pulaski a short time afterward, and has successfully run the same ever since. Mr. Hodge is a good workman and is a first-class citizen. He was married to Mary Jane Cook, of Mercer county, April 2, 1860, and to them nine children have been born, all living as follows: Lucy, Ellen White, of New Castle, Ira K., married at Mahoningtown, Hannah R. Reed, at New Castle, Sarah T., William S., Aca A., James H., Gilbert W., and Alice D. at home.
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