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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

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