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Michael Jefferson Bulger
Birth: Feb. 13, 1806
Columbia
Richland County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 14, 1900
Jacksons Gap
Tallapoosa County
Alabama, USA

Civil War Confederate Army Officer. From a modest beginning in South Carolina, he re-located to Alabama as a young adult, and in time became prominent in this states politics and militia. With the prospect of war on the horizon in 1861, he, as a delegate to Alabama's secession convention, voted nay to the question of whether the state should break away from the United States. Regardless of his position on this issue, he aligned himself with the Confederacy after Alabama's secession, and was eventually commissioned a Captain in Company A of the 47th Alabama Infantry in March 1862. His regiment's baptism of fire came at the battle of Cedar Mountain on August 9, 1862. While in command of the 47th during this clash, he received two severe wounds that necessitated a leave of absence to restore his health, and it was during this convalesce that he was elected to represent his district in the Alabama State Senate. He returned to his duties at the grade of Lieutenant Colonel, and was present with the regiment at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Confederate efforts to seize the high ground known as "Little Round Top" occurred July 2, 1863, and the elder Bulger did not lack courage during this desperate hour the old man climbed atop a boulder and "waved his sword at the Federals while urging his Alabamians" onward. This presentation of gallantry came with a severe cost however. By standing tall on the boulder, he offered a grand target and eventually, a Union marksman fired a round that found its mark. Hit in the lung, Bulger withdrew down the hill to the safety of another boulder. There, amidst the ongoing battle, he sat himself down to await his fate, and with blood freely flowing from his mouth and nostrils, began to suffer the effects of his wound. He was a dying man. With the ultimate repulse of the Confederate forces, the wounded Bulger was left behind and was reported to have been killed while "fighting most nobly". However, a Union non-enlisted man found the Confederate officer after nightfall and demanded his surrender. Refusing on the account of the code of behavior for such matters, Bulger asked for an officer of like rank. Colonel James Clay Rice of the 44th New York Infantry soon appeared and the Confederate officer officially surrendered his sword. Colonel Rice personally instructed his men to transfer Bulger to the attention of a Federal surgeon. Later, Bulger let it be known "that the compassion shown by Rice saved his life." Conveyed to Johnson's Island near Sandusky, Ohio as a prisoner, his war was effectively over. He was exchanged in March 1864. During his tenure as a prisoner-of-war, he was promoted Colonel. The war concluded with him as a member of the Invalid Corps, and upon returning to his adoptive state of Alabama, he farmed and continued his involvement in politics. (bio by: Stonewall) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth M Bozeman Bulger (1819 - 1879)*
 
 Children:
  Pierce Donald Bulger (1828 - 1923)*
  Mary Ann Bulger Shackelford (1831 - 1919)*
  Permelia T Bulger Banks (1835 - 1900)*
  William D Bulger (1843 - 1894)*
  Thomas LaFayette Bulger (1850 - 1930)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Dadeville City Cemetery
Dadeville
Tallapoosa County
Alabama, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Stonewall
Record added: May 23, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14387514
Michael Jefferson Bulger
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For services rendered the Confederacy during our American Civil War. Rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Feb. 13, 2016
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