James Courson first entered service at age 14 serving a 15 month term in a rifle company in the SC Militia under Capt. George Wade, Col. Thomas Sumter, serving in the Charleston area on the coast. He next enlisted for a 3 year term in the SC Continental Line under Capt. William McClintock, Col. Wm Henderson, and was in the 3rd Florida Expedition  under Gen. Howe, was at Stono Ferry [20 Jun 1779] and the Siege of Savannah [24 Sep – 19 Oct 1779]. He was at the Siege of Charleston where he was taken prisoner [12 May 1780], but after a month he scaped and joined Sumter where he fought at Hanging Rock [6 Aug 1780], and at Fishing Creek [18 Aug 1780]. He then joined Major William Richardson Davie in NC & marched over into SC & did nothing of consequence and afterwards returned to NC. He was not at Guilford Courthouse or Cowpens, but joined Gen. Greene & marched as far as Rugelys Mills, and later served under Marion. During his service he received 14 wounds.