JAMES NOBLE, Company "B"

Submitted by David Aeberli.

     JAMES NOBLE, was born 1828 in Ireland, the son of James and Rosa Noble. In his early years he crossed the Atlantic to Canada, then to West Alexander, Washington County, Pennsylvania, where he engaged for some time in the manufacture of footwear. On Feb. 6, 1855 he married Sarah J. Lavey. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted as a private in Company B, 1st West Virginia Cavalry, and for a time served as an orderly on the staff of Gen. William S. Rosencrans. In January 1862 he wrote a letter from Beckley, Raleigh County, requesting a transfer for himself and 11 other members of the regiment as he felt their abilities were being wasted. Noble was killed on March 14, 1862, by bushwackers while on a scouting expedition in West Virginia. Noble was a favorite with his comrades and the G.A.R. post in West Alexander was named in his honor.

Source: "Images of the Civil War" by Terry Lowry & Stan Cohen.