Carey enlisted in the Army from Syracuse, New York in December 1861 (his name was misspelled as James C. Cary), and was assigned to the 10th New York Cavalry. He was promoted to Sergeant in March 1865. He transferred to the 1st New York Provisional Cavalry in June 1865, and mustered out with that regiment the next month.
Carey was buried in Chartiers Cemetery in Carnegie, Pennsylvania
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company G, 10th New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Appomattox Courthouse, Va., 9 April 1865. Entered service at: ------ Birth: Onondaga County, N.Y. Date of issue: Unknown.
Daring bravery and urging the men forward in a charge.
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