RIGGS, JAMES W. (1846 ~ 1930). Confederate veteran James W. Riggs was born in Kentucky and moved to Texas when he was five weeks old. Not much is known about his early life, but according to various records he was a farmer and sold papers on the streets of Forth Worth, Texas.
James Riggs served two years in the Confederate Army in Company A, Gano's Brigade. He enlisted September 3, 1863 and surrendered April 25, 1865 in Texas. His located military records provide little information on his service.
Riggs applied for and received a Confederate Pension in 1925, and was admitted to the Confederate Men's Home on May 30, 1926. He was a widower when he entered the Home.
Riggs lived four years at the Home until his death August 18, 1930. He was buried at the Texas State Cemetery shortly after.
Information taken from Riggs' Soldier's Application for a Pension, Confederate Home Roster, and Application for Mortuary Warrant.