Dear Mr. Bagwell,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations , 1903 - 1927 in the War Department Collection of Confederate Records (Record Group 109) and found the Confederate Service Records for James M. Echols in the 66th Georgia Infantry. This record indicates that James M. Echols enlisted on 15 September 1863 and was captured in August 1864. It also states he died on 31 January 1865 of pneumonia and was buried in grave #986 near Camp Chase. We searched on “Find A Grave” and found Pvt. James M. Echols buried at Camp Chase.
We also located a series titled Roster Book and Roll Call Book for Prison 2 at Camp Chase, Ohio, 1889 - 1904 in the War Department Collection of Confederate Records (Record Group 109) are in the custody of the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1). For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact RDT1 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, we located a series titled List of Prisoners Confined, 1864 - 1865 in the Records of the Provost Marshal General's Bureau (Civil War) (Record Group 110) that may contain Prisoner of War information for those confined at Camp Chase in Ohio. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at Chicago (RM-CH) via email at email@example.com.
Additionally we searched Ancestry for James M. Echols in the 1850 Census and the 1860 Census. These records can be viewed online via Ancestry. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead of paying the fee, you may view these records online at one NARA's facilities for free via a NARA PC. For the nearest NARA location, please consult our web page at https://www.archives.gov/locations/. Also, some of the images from Ancestry are available for free on Family Search at https://www.familysearch.org/en/.
The Georgia Archives may have the birth records you seek or provide information for locating one.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!