CDV full-length, standing view of Brigadier General James Nagle in uniform, armed with a sword and holding his hat. A.M. Allen: Pottsville, PA. Verso with Nagle's signature: "James Nagle / Brig Gen USA."
James Nagle (1822-1866), a wallpaper hanger and painter from Pottsville, PA, organized the Washington Artillery Company in 1842. His military career began in earnest upon the outbreak of the Mexican-American War, which prompted him to enlist with his men as Company B of the 1st Pennsylvania Volunteers. Nagle was involved in several key battles and was then stationed at San Angel until the the conflict resolved. On his return to Pennsylvania, he was presented with a commemorative gold and silver plated sword by the citizens of Schuylkill County and served as their sheriff until 1861. During the Civil War, he was commissioned as colonel of the 6th Pennsylvania Infantry and later organized the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry. His leadership and gallantry at Crampton's Gap, the Second Battle of Bull Run, and Antietam earned the appointment of brigadier general of volunteers. Poor health forced him to resign on May 9, 1863, but he returned to organize additional regiments and command a unit of emergency militia. Though he survived the war, its hardship had a lasting impact on his condition, and he succumbed to disease just a year later in Pottsville.
Cropped corners, with additional loss to photograph at upper right edge/corner.
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