Leet, James Warren

Carpenter, Civil War Veteran

Birth: August 13, 1832, Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio
Death: January 23, 1873, Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio
Burial: Vienna Township Cemetery, Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio
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Military Service: Enlisted March 1862 as a Private (Musician), 125th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company C. Mustered out Camp Irwin, Texas, September 1865.

Leet’s cousin Rodney D. Leet and his seven Truesdell cousins on his mother Sarah’s side served in the War. His sister Rachel Harriet married another of Vienna's Civil War veterans, Thomas B. Brannon.

Published Biography

From Joseph Green Butler, Jr., History of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, Ohio (Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1921), Volume II, Page 272:

James Warren Leet was born in Vienna Township of Trumbull County, and as a youth employed his energies with his father in clearing up some new land. He was a soldier in the Civil war, serving three years in the One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Ohio Regiment. Prior to entering the service he learned the carpenter’s trade, and after the war followed carpentry and contracting in Hamilton County, Ohio. However, he returned to Vienna Township and died there in 1871, at the age of forty. His wife, Elizabeth Rutledge, who was born in Vernon Township of Trumbull County and died in 1913, at the age of seventy-six, was the daughter of Rev. Emmons Rutledge, a Methodist minister, also a native of Vernon Township and whose parents had come over from England, settling first in Connecticut and later in Trumbull County.

Regimental History, 125th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

Overview: Organized at Camp Taylor, Cleveland, Ohio, October 6, 1862. Moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, January 3, 1863; thence moved to Louisville, Ky., and duty there till January 28. Attached to District of Western Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, to February, 1863. Franklin, Tenn., Army of Kentucky, Dept. of the Cumberland, to June, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 21st Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps and Dept. of Texas, to September, 1865.

Service: Moved from Louisville, Ky., to Nashville, Tenn., January 28, 1863; thence to Franklin, Tenn., March 5, and duty there till June. Repulse of attack on Franklin March 9. Moved to Triune June 2, thence to Murfreesboro, Tenn. Middle Tennessee (or Tullahoma) Campaign June 23-July 7. At Hillsboro July 3-August 5. Passage of the Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Occupation of Chattanooga September 9. Lee and Gordon's Mills September 11-13. Near Lafayette September 14. Battle of Chickamauga September 19-20. Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-November 23. Colwell's Ford November 19. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. March to relief of Knoxville, Tenn., November 28-December 8. Operations in East Tennessee till April, 1864. Charlestown December 28, 1863. Operations about Dandridge January 16-17, 1864. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstrations on Rocky Faced Ridge and Dalton May 8-13. Buzzard's Roost Gap May 8-9. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Adairsville May 17. Near Kingston May 18-19. Near Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Mills July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Buckhead, Nancy's Creek, June 18. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama October 3-November 8. Nashville Campaign November-December. Columbia, Duck River, November 24-27. Spring Hill November 29. Battle of Franklin November 30. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Moved to Huntsville, Ala., and duty there till March, 1865. At Knoxville, Blue Springs and Nashville till June. Moved to New Orleans, La., June 16; thence to Texas and duty there till September. Mustered out September 25, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 7 Officers and 104 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 114 Enlisted men by disease. Total 225.

Updated 8/13/2020