Pvt. James Fox (1841-1917) was born on 13 July 1841 in Camillus, Onondaga county, New York. At the time of his enlistment in Co. G, 3rd New York Light Artillery on 3 September 1864, he was a resident of Memphis, Onondaga county, New York. His parents were John Fox (1795-Aft1855) and Elizabeth Fitzgerald (1810-Aft1865), both natives of Ireland who came to New York State by way of Canada. James’ military records indicates he was a participant in the Battle at Kinston. He was discharged from the Battery on 20 July 1865. James was married in 1891 to Louisa Emeline Littig (1860-1910).
Mentioned throughout these letters are James’ siblings, Gerald D. Fox (1830-1916), Richard (“Dick”) Fox (1840-Aft1910), Ellen Fox (1844-1932) and Thomas Fox (1847-Aft1965). These letters were all sent to Helen M. (Oderkirk) Fox (1837-1921), the wife of Gerald Fox. Helen was the daughter of Lyman B. Oderkirk (1813-1895) and Philinda Rema (1816-1902). Though most of the letters were written by James Fox of Battery G, 3rd N. Y. Artillery, a handful of them were written by Helen’s brother, Perry H. Oderkirk (1836-1906) of Battery D, 3rd New York Artillery. Perry’s letters include those dated 25 December 1864, 22 January 1865, 1 March 1865, 7 April 1865, 25 April 1865, 14 May 1865, and 27 May 1865.
Ellen Fox married Allen Wright (1838-1904) on the 4th of July 1863. Richard Fox married Julia Almeda Timmerman in 1870.