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This black and white photograph shows Confederate general James Fleming Fagan, (1828-1893). Fagan began his military career serving in the Mexican-American War, (1846-1848), with the Arkansas Mounted Volunteers. He eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant before mustering out the army and returning to Arkansas. From 1852 to 1853, he served in the Arkansas House of Representatives and one term in the state senate, 1860-1862. With the start of the Civil War Fagan placed his political career on hold and resumed his military career. He was instrumental in being the first in the state of Arkansas to recruit and organize a group of volunteers for service; he later accepted the appointed of captain of the unit. When the regiment was reassigned in May of 1861 as the 1st Arkansas Infantry Regiment, Fagan was made colonel. During the war he was involved in a number of battles from the Battle of Bull Run to the Battle of Shiloh. His effective leadership skills and military strategies allowed for him to move up in the ranks. On September 12, 1862, Fagan was promoted brigadier general. He transferred to the Trans-Mississippi District where he lead troops into a number of battles from Prairie Grove to Cane Hill. The success from these campaign's promoted Fagan, on April 25, 1864, to major general. Under General Sterling Price's command, Fagan help lead the last cavalry of troops into Missouri. At the Battle of Mine Creek Fagan's division was overwhelmed by Union forces that his troops retreated from the area. In the final months of the war Fagan finished out his military career as commander of the District of Arkansas of the Trans-Mississippi Department. His long and successful military career came to a close on June 20, 1865. In 1875 President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Fagan as a United States Marshal for the Western District of Arkansas. A position he held until 1877 before accepting the role of receiver for the Land Office in Little Rock, Arkansas where he served until 1890. Fagan's service to the people of Arkansas came to an end on September 1, 1893 when he passed away at the age of sixty-five in Little Rock, Arkansas. Burial was conducted in Mount Holly Cemetery.

Date: Between 1859 and 1865

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Item Number: 308234
Call Number: B Fagan, James, F. *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 308234

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