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James Dinkins


James Dinkins, American banker.


Dinkins, James was born on April 18, 1845 in Madison Company, Mississippi, United States. Son of Alexander Hamilton and Cynthia (Springs) Dinkins.


Educated country school, 1853-1860, North Carolina Military Institute, 1860-1861.


Entered C.S.A. at 16. Private 18th Mississippi Infantry. First lieutenant cavalry, April 9, 1863.

Captain Company C, 18th Mississippi Cavalry, December 15, 1864. Participated in every engagement of his command, including Leesburg, Dam Northern 2, Savage Station, Malvern Hills, Harper’s Ferry, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg. Served from April 1863, as a.-d.-c. to General J. R. Chalmers.

Took part in all the daring and desperate raids and campaigns of Forrest, battles of Coldwater, Okalona, West Point, Brice’s Cross Roads, Fort Pillow, Oxford, Memphis, Harrisburg, Columbia, Franklin and Nashville. Entered service I.C. R.R., 1874. Served road 28 years in various capacities.

January 1, 1903, opened Bank of Jefferson, Gretna, Louisiana, opposite New Orleans. Long edited Confederate column, New Orleans Picayune, contributing war reminiscences. Author: 1861 to 1865, by an Old Johnnie, 1897.

Home: New Orleans, La.


  • Author: 1861 to 1865, by an Old Johnnie, 1897.


Married Sue Hart, November 15, 1866.

Alexander Hamilton Dinkins

Cynthia (Springs) Dinkins

Sue Hart