1st Lt. James S. Stratton served with Company K, New Jersey 12th Infantry Regiment, Army of the Potomac, and later, Grand Army Of The Republic. He was born in Mullica Hill, on Dec. 11, 1843, the fourth-youngest child of Nathan T. and Sarah M. Stratton. Stratton’s father served in Congress from 1850 to 1854, and while at Washington, young James was allowed freedom of the floor of Congress, where he was afforded the opportunity of public affairs and parliamentary proceedings. In 1861, he entered the West Jersey Academy in Bridgeton and was looking forward to going to Princeton, but, because of his extreme patriotism, he volunteered to join the Union Army in 1862. Stratton was killed in action, Aug. 25, 1864, at Reams Station, Virginia. In 1865, his father and brother went to Reams Station and brought his body home and, “the funeral was largely attended by sympathetic friends and comrades, who tenderly bore him to a soldier’s grave beside his beloved mother.” Stratton rests now in the Baptist Cemetery at Mullica Hill.