This is an abstract of Civil War military records from the National
Archives, for James H. MC ALLISTER. I do not know if he is an ancestor,
despite having the right name and unit to be in! Perhaps he belongs to
someone else, and they will delight in seeing these records.
JAMES H. MC ALISTER Company D & E, 22nd Pennsylvania Cavalry
[Note: variations on spelling appear to be made by the official, Mr. Thomas
Collins, J. P., at the time of enlistment. Mr. McAlister seems to sign
the enlistment papers both times as James H. McAlister. November-December
of 1862 roster, notes that his name is shown as James H. McAllister on the
list of names.]
James H. Mc Allister/McAlaster/McAlister was age twenty five years of age
when he enlisted at Monongahela City, on September 19, 1862 for three years
service, as a Private in Company 'D' of the 22nd Pennsylvania Cavalry. The
company he joined with, is apparently involved in a consolidation effort a
few years later, and he becomes a member of Company 'E', also known as the
'Ringgold Battalion, Cavalry'.
Personal description at date of enlistment: 25 years of age; 5'10" in
height; light complexion; blue eyes, black hair; born in Washington county,
PA (therefore DOB abt. 1837); occupation listed as blacksmith.
"Muster-in Roll" dated October 13, 1862 at Wheeling Island, Virginia:
James McAllister is shown at rank of 2nd Lieutenant in Captain Mitchener's
Co.; Key's Battalion, PA Cavalry* (This organization subsequently became
Co. D, Ringgold Battalion, PA,Cavalry).