James on 19 October 1840. He enlisted in Company K, 18th Illinois Volunteers on 2 May 1861 from Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois as a Private. Sometime after this enlistment he transferred to the hospital ship Woodford of the Mississippi Gunboat Flotilla also called Ram Fleet, Mississippi Marine Brigade. The date of this transfer is unknown. The exact date of his release from the Civil War is unknown except it was after the war was over. In the 1890 Veterans Schedules Census he is living in Fort Yates. He started drawing his pension in Washington on 7 May 1901 and his widow, Sophia, started receiving a widow's pension on 20 May 1911. From the Northwest Medicine, Volume III, published by Washington State Medical Association: "Dr. James Brewster died in Seattle, May 5, from cardiac asthma. He had been a resident of Seattle for fourteen years and for several years past had been an invalid. He practised medicine for more than forty years. While a medical student in 1861 he enlisted as a private in the Illinois volunteers. He was soon transferred to the hospital boat Woodfred [sic] [Note: Woodford] as assistant surgeon and served in this capacity until the close of the war." James is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle, King County, Washington.
Burial, Tombstone Picture.