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Jacob W. Cagle

The following information is based on family stories about Jacob W. Cagle and was provided by Dana Meara who is related to Jacob. For more information about Jacob, you can contact Dana at

Captain Jacob W. Cagle, of Greenville, S.C., Commander of the Butler Guards, Company B, Second South Carolina Infantry, Kershaw's Brigade, Longstreet's Corps, was born at Flat Rock, N.C., December 14, 1832. In 1853 he made his home at Greenville, S.C., and there enlisted in the Butler Guards, April 13, 1861. This Company was originally a part of the Fourth Regiment, but being anxious to reach the seat of war, was, upon its request, transferred to Colonel Kershaw's command, the Second Regiment, which was then in Virginia. With this Regiment he was associated throughout the war, as private, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and captain, and participated in the following battles: First Manassas, Lewinsville, Georgetown, Savage Station, Malvern Hill, Harper's Ferry, Sharpsburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Bean's Station, Knoxville, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Charleston and Cedar Creek. The brigade then being sent to South Carolina to meet Sherman's invasion of that State, was engaged in the battles of Smithfield and Bentonville. As Bentonville was his last engagement of the war, Captain Cagle surrendered his Company at Greensboro, N.C. He was badly wounded in the leg at Gettysburg, and while being removed to Virginia by ambulance train, fell into the hands of the enemy, but was recaptured by the Confederates, and his servant, having secured a riderless horse from the Federals, he was enabled to make his way across the Potomac. After the war, Captain Cagle engaged in business as a contractor and builder of industrial plants and has been eminently successful in his affairs. In 1870 he was married to Alice Sloan.

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