Tablet in memory of the “Sons of St. James Church who lost their lives in defense of the Union” donated in 1888 by E.N. Leslie; the plaque honors these men of the parish who died in the Civil War:
Private Albert De Cost Burnett (1846-1862), 16 years old, the Village’s youngest recruit, died of disease at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, August 4, 1862. He was the son of Charles Burnett Jr. and Eliza (De Cost) Burnett, and a grandson of Captain Nash De Cost and William Vredenburgh.
Private Stanley Porter (1842-1862), 20 years old, died at the Second Battle of Bull Run, Virginia, August 30, 1862. His body was never found to be brought home for burial. He was the son of James Gurdon Porter.
Private Samuel Francis, 57 years old, died at Alexandria, Virginia, September 1, 1862, and Private Wadsworth B. Francis, 51 years of age, killed at the storming of Port Hudson, Louisiana, on the Mississippi River, June 14, 1863. Both were sons of Samuel Francis Sr. (1773-1865), known as a devoted member of St. James church, having served on the Vestry, and as a Warden, for more than 50 years. The sons, like their father, were hatters by trade, before going to war.
Navy Lt. Benjamin H. Porter (1845-1865), 20 years old, was killed while carrying the flag and leading the seaward charge at the storming of Fort Fisher, on the coast of North Carolina, January 15, 1865. He was the second son of James Gurdon Porter to die in the war.
Private William H. Baber (1839-1865), 26 years old, died from the effects of exposure, April 8, 1865.