JAMES R. KENT, Jr., OF PULASKI COUNTY, VIRGINIA; SECOND LIEUTENANT, CO. "E," 24TH VIRGINIA INFANTRY.
James Randal Kent, Jr., was born in the county of Pulaski, Virginia, August 15, 1838. His parents were Elizabeth and David F. Kent. He was the grandson of General Gordon Lloyd, and Colonel Joseph Kent, of Southwestern Virginia.
He entered the Virginia Military Institute in 1856, and graduated 4th of July, i860. After the secession of Virginia he went to Richmond, and was offered the adjutancy of a Virginia regiment, which he declined, and returned to Pulaski County, where he accepted the second lieutenant's place in a company then forming. This company was mustered into service at Lynchburg, and formed Co. " E," of the 24th Regiment Virginia Infantry, of which General j. A. Early was colonel. Lieutenant Kent's military attainments and soldierly qualities made him an exceedingly useful and efficient officer of the regiment, and he was always detailed by the commanding officer to drill other companies; and when the ordeal of battle came, his cool and dauntless courage marked him as the true soldier.
He died 4th of September, 1861, near Fairfax Station, Virginia, from the effects of a severe cold. His untimely loss was deeply mourned and severely felt, not only by his company, but the entire regiment. The unaffected simplicity of his manners and manly bearing, the generous, high-toned spirit and genuine pluck that distinguished him, made him many warm personal friends, and commanded the admiration and respect of all who knew him.
(Source: Biographical sketches of the Graduates and Eleves of the Virginia Military Institute who fell during the war between the States, by Chas. D. Walker. Published 1875. Transcribed and submitted to Genealogy Trails by Linda Rodriguez)