James P. Wooster was a resident of Mansfield on January 9, 1864 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. K of the 29th (Colored) Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry; he entered Knight’s General Hospital in New Haven on February 20, 1864. He is said to have deserted in New York on April 13, 1864 on his way to join his regiment.
The descriptive muster roll of the 29th (Colored) Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 27 and his occupation as farmer. He is described as 5’ 8 ¾” tall with a black complexion and black eyes and black hair. His marital status is married.
He was born about 1837 in Salisbury, Connecticut and he was not living in Mansfield in the 1860 U.S. census. No further information is known.