James Arnold Barrows was a resident of Mansfield on September 8, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. E of the 22nd Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to full Musician then returned to ranks as a Private and mustered out July 7, 1863.
The descriptive muster roll for the 22nd Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 22 and his occupation as farmer. His is described as 5’ 8 ½” tall with a light complexion and blue eyes and dark hair. His marital status is married.
He was born February 25, 1830 in Mansfield to Joshua Palmer and Polly (Bingham) Barrows. In the 1860 U.S. census in Mansfield, he is a 30 year old farmer in a household headed by Palmer Barrows. He married Abigail Barrows on November 29, 1855; she died October 25, 1858. James married second, Cornelia S. Swift on July 5, 1860 in Mansfield. Children include: Abbie S. and Alice M. Barrows. He moved to Los Angeles, California by 1870 where he was a farmer and a hardware dealer.
On July 1, 1892, he applied for an invalid pension, No. 1,119,178 that was granted under Certificate No. 945,1__. His widow applied for a pension on December 4, 1914.
James A. Barrows died after the 1910 U.S. Federal census and before December 14, 1914.