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RAINS, James Edward, soldier, born in Nashville, Tennessee, 10 April, 1833; died near Murfreesboro', Tennessee, 31 December, 1862. After graduation at Yale in 1854 he studied law, was city attorney of Nashville in 1858, and attorney-general for his judicial district in 1860. He was a Whig, and in 1857 edited the "Daily Republican Banner." In April, 1861, he entered the Confederate army as a private, was appointed lieutenant-colonel, and made commandant of a garrison of two regiments at Cumberland gap. In 1862 he was commissioned brigadier-general. While ordering a charge at the battle of Stone river, 31 December, 1862, he received a bullet through his heart.
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