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SGT: JAMES FADDEN of the 10th Minnesota Infantry of Company I. Civil War Veteran of Monterey County. James “Jim” Fadden was born in Canada on October 14, 1840. During the Civil War he enlisted into the 10th Minnesota Infantry of Company I on August 14, 1862 and was mustered out at Fort Snelling on August 19, 1865. He had a wife (name unknown at this time) and a son. He died at his home in Oak Grove (new Monterey) on May 20, 1914. He was a member of the Lucius Fairchild GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post # 179 based out of the city of Pacific Grove, California. His internment was made at the El Encinal Cemetery (aka Monterey City Cemetery) in Monterey California. 

The following obituary is from the “Monterey Daily Cypress” newspaper of Monterey, CA. 

FADDEN, JAMES (1840-1914) Monterey, El Encinal Cemetery. (Monterey Daily Cypress May 21, 1914) James Fadden Answers the Call James Fadden passed away yesterday at 11 o’clock at his home in Oak Grove after a long and painful illness, with his immediate family surrounding his bedside. The cause of his demise was cancer of the face from which he suffered long and patiently. 

Deceased was born in Canada on October 14, 1840. He was a civil war veteran, having enlisted on the 14th of August, 1862, at Fort Snelling, Minn., as a member of company 1 of the famous “Sow-belly” Smith’s Tenth Minnesota volunteer infantry. Deceased was a pioneer of Monterey, having arrived here first in the seventies, and was always identified with the up growth and prosperity of the old capital. 

He leaves a wife and son, two sisters and a brother, all residents of Monterey, to mourn his loss. 

He was a member of the G.A.R., and an honorary member of the teamster’s union of this city. 

In the death of “Jim” Fadden, Monterey loses not only a good citizen but a consistent and persistent booster. He was a staunch, true friend, a loving husband and father, a loyal member of the commonwealth and a true American citizen in the highest term. The funeral will take place on Friday at 2 p.m. from the family residence, 1009 Eighth street, Oak Grove, thence to the Protestant cemetery.

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Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC  
Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca  
Dept. of Calif. and Pacific  
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War  
Sep 2009