James Asa Gross
Submitted by Greg
35th Tennessee Infantry Company A
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James Asa Gross was born August 4, 1842 in Grundy County TN. His
parents were Losson Henry Gross and Hanner Tucker Walker. Growing up
his father was a farmer, blacksmith, and mechanic his mother did
cooking, carding, spinning, weaving, knitting, etc. His family lived in
a log three-room house. Schooling for James consisted of public schools
that went for no longer than two months a year. In his lifetime he only
had 13 months of schooling. Before the War broke out, he owned a horse
that he paid $150 for and $30 worth of hogs.
His parents had about $400 in property, including land.
When the War broke out, James Asa enlisted with Company A of the 35th
Tennessee for a 12-month period. He was appointed to be a sharpshooter
and was in some hot spots during the fighting. At the battle of Shiloh
his unit, because of the mumps, turned him back. He spent 20 days in
the hospital at Gun town recovering. During this fighting at Shiloh his
uncle Jonas Gross was killed. During the Kentucky campaign he fought in
the battles of Richmond, the Plum Orchard and Cumberland Gap. He would
have been in the Battle of Murfreesboro but was turned back because of
dysentery. When his enlistment was up, he told his captain that he was
going home. He had intended to return, but his mother pleaded for him
to stay. Instead he joined his father in the home guard. He took the
oath of allegiance to the U. S. Government in the year of 1864.
The years after the war he engaged in farming, blacksmithing, and
making wagons. He married Elizabeth Tate and had 12 children: James
Taylor, Lawson, Louie, Mary, Margaret, Elmira, Belle, Johnnie,
Prudence, Herbert, Ethel and Estelle(twins). James Asa Gross died on
April 1, 1930.
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