Pvt. James A. Somers

By Kent Worley

Pvt. Somers joined the 10th Infantry Regiment which was assembled in June, 1864. It was formed by consolidating six companies of the 1st and four of the 2nd Florida Infantry Battalions. Some of the men were from Alachua and Putnam counties. Attached to General Finegan’s Brigade, the regiment was active at Cold Harbor, then participated in the long Petersburg siege south of the James River and in the Appomattox Campaign.

It surrendered with the Army of Northern Virginia with 18 officers and 154 men.

Its commanders were Colonel Charles F. Hopkins, Lieutenant Colonel William W. Scott, and Major John Westcott.