James was born in 1835/1836. He enlisted as a private at Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina on September 21, 1861 at the age of 26 in Company E, Cavalry Battalion of Holcombe Legion. He appears on the roll of May and June 1863 as a Sergeant Major. On March 18, 1864 the Cavalry Battalion was separated from the Holcombe Legion and increased to regimental size becoming the 7th SC Cavalry.
On September 27,1864, James applied for a furlough from the Medical Board. He again applied for a forty day furlough on November 8,1864 to go to SC to procure a horse as his was killed in action.
James was paroled at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.
[There's a James Green Moffett born August 20, 1835 at Charleston, SC, son of Andrew (born Scotland died Sullivan's Island, Charleston SC) and Anna Reid Moffett. In 1860 he's living in Camden Kershaw County, SC. This James died on May 5, 1884 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married Mary Susan "Macie" Jenkins on June 27, 1866 in Charleston. Their children: Edward b. 1867, Janie b. 1869, and James b. 1872.]