James Fleming Fagan

Brigadier General

Headstone: Find-a-Grave

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

James Fleming Fagan was born in Clark County, Kentucky, March 1, 1828, and the family moved to Arkansas when he was ten. He served as a lieutenant in Colonel Archibald Yell's regiment in the Mexican War, and one term in the Arkansas legislature thereafter. Among the first in his state to recruit men for the Confederate cause in 1861, he became colonel of the 1st Arkansas Infantry, which he led at the battle of Shiloh. Commissioned brigadier general to rank from September 12, 1862, Fagan was transferred to the Trans-Mississippi Department and took part in the battle of Prairie Grove, the repulse of Steele's Camden expedition, and the last invasion of Missouri by General Sterling Price. He was promoted major general to rank from April 25, 1864. Not paroled until June 20, 1865, his post-bellum career was devoted to planting and politics. His acceptance of the office of United States marshal from President Grant in 1875, and that of receiver for the Land Office two years later, possibly caused his defeat in 1890, when he was a candidate for state railroad commissioner. General Fagan's death occurred at Little Rock, September 1, 1893, and he is buried there in Mount Holly Cemetery. His first wife was a sister of General W. N. R. Beall.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.