James Hastings was one of four sons of Asa and Anna (Goddard) Hastings who fought in the Civil War. James enlisted in Co. D, 118th New York Volunteer Infantry. James’ health was bad during most of his military career. On October 28, 1863 he was transferred to 14th Veteran Reserve Corp. He was promoted to the rank of Sgt with the VRC.
James died of disease on December 14, 1864 in Washington, D.C. It was about this time that the cemeteries in and around Washington were becoming filled with the casualties from the war. A new National cemetery was opened at Arlington and James was one of the first to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Grave site is at Section 13, Site 6159