CAMERON, COL. JAMES, youngest son of Charles Cameron and Martha Pfoutz, was born at Maytown, Lancaster county, Pa., March 1, 1801. He received his early education at the village school, and at nineteen entered the printing office of his brother, General Cameron, at Harrisburg, where he served a faithful apprenticeship. In 1827 he went to Lancaster, where he assumed the editorship of the Political Sentinel, studying law in the meantime in the office of James Buchanan afterwards President of the United States. He was duly admitted to the Lancaster bar, and in 1838 established himself at Harrisburg. During the Mexican war he served under General Scott, and upon its close settled upon a farm near Milton, Pa., where he was living in retirement when the war for the Union was inaugurated. At the solicitation of the soldiers of the so-called Highlander regiment (the Seventy-ninth New York), he accepted the commission of colonel of that organization. At the battle of the first Bull Run, June 21, 1861, he was of Sherman's brigade, Tyler's division, and at the crisis of the struggle bore himself with the greatest gallantry. Again and again he led his men with the cry, "Scots, follow me!" in the face of a withering fire of musketry and artillery, until stricken down mortally wounded, expiring on the field of his heroic exploits. "No mortal man," says an eye witness, "could stand the fearful storm that swept them." After repeated efforts the body of the gallant Cameron was recovered, brought to his home, and interred amid many demonstrations of respect and affection.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 2 Nov 2000
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