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Civil War Soldiers - Nagle
|Nagle, James, brigadier-general, U.S.
Army, was born in Reading, Pa., April 5, 1822. In 1842 he organized
the Washington artillery company, and when the war with Mexico began
he enlisted with it as captain in the 1st Penn. volunteers. His
regiment was stationed at Perote castle to keep open communications
with Vera Cruz during the siege. He subsequently was present at the
battles of Huamantla, Puebla and Atlixco, entered the City of Mexico,
and then was stationed at San Angel until the close of the war. On his
return to Pennsylvania he was presented with a sword by the citizens
of Schuylkill county. He was commissioned colonel of the 6th Penn.
regiment, April 22, 1861, and later in the year organized the 48th
Penn. infantry, of which he became colonel, Oct. 1. He commanded the
1st brigade, 2nd division, of the 6th army corps, and took part in the
battles of Crampton's gap in South mountain and Antietam, and at the
last named battle performed an important part in carrying the stone
bridge, which, according to Gen. McClellan, saved the day. He was
commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, Sept. 10, 1862, and his
appointment expired March 4, 1863, but was renewed March 10, and he
served with his brigade in Kentucky until May 9, when he resigned on
account of impaired health. He organized the 39th Penn. regiment in
June, 1863, and was commissioned its colonel, July 1, commanded a
brigade during Lee's invasion of Pennsylvania, and was honorably
mustered out, Aug. 2, 1863. In 1864 he organized the 149th Penn.
regiment for 100 days' service, and was its colonel from July 24 to
Nov. 5, guarding the approaches to Baltimore. He died in Pottsville,
Pa., Aug. 22, 1866.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908