James Gleed was born in Washington, Hamden County, Massachusetts in the year 1835, where he lived with his parents until 1854. At that time, they moved to San Jose, Illinois, where on October 2, 1861, he enlisted under Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll in the Eleventh Illinois Cavalry. He received an honorable discharge on the 19th day of December, 1863 at Clear Creek, Mississippi, and on the same day reenlisted in the same regiment, Company C, with George Greenwood as captain, and received his final honorable discharge in September 1865 at St. Louis, Missouri, having been in active service four years, lacking one month. During these years he was in many battles under Generals Sherman, Grant, Halleck, Sheridan and Logan, among which were the siege of Pittsburg Landing, Battle of Farmington and Parker’s Crossroads, when Colonel Ingersoll and Major Carr were taken prisoners. He was in the raid with Logan from Vicksburg to Meridian, Mississippi, and also in the raid to capture General Hood. Hood escaped, but left his equipment behind, which was divided among the soldiers who were in pursuit of him in the division. Mr. Gleed fell heir to his saddle bags and an Episcopal prayer book. This prayer book, he preserved with great care.

As the close of the war, he returned to his home at San Jose where he remained until 1867, when he was married to Sarah Tilton on the 29th day of April 1869. After seven years residence at Kansas City, they moved to Pueblo, Colorado where they live two years, when they came overland on a journey of three months to the Yakima Valley, where they arrived in August 1878. Locating on what is now known all over the valley as the Gleed place. Here he resided twenty-one years, when owing to ill health, he moved to San Diego, California where he has resided with his wife and daughters until recently. He returned to the old homestead where he died of pneumonia on the 26th day of January 1904. His wife, four daughters and one son survive him to mourn his loss. The daughters are: Mrs. Dr. Bonney of San Francisco; Mrs. Ida May Fisher of Roslin, BC; Mrs. Ally Bell Bair and Miss May Alma Gleed and the son, James Gleed, who is well known here.

Private Gleed is interred at Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, WA.