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Pvt James Edward MacKrell
Birth: 1836
County Cork, Ireland
Death: Aug. 3, 1864
Andersonville (Sumter County)
Sumter County
Georgia, USA

James Edward MacKrell was born in 1836 in County Cork, Ireland, to Robert (b. 1796) and Catharine MacKrell (b. 1798).

With his parents and older brother Thomas (14), James (12)was living in Kensington, ward 3, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to the 1850 US census.

James married Martha Jane McCollam (b. Jul. 12, 1838 - d. Sept. 24, 1918) on Christmas Day 1856 in Butler County, Pennsylvania.

To this union were born three sons and one daughter:

James Edward (Jan. 17, 1859 - Apr. 22, 1929)
John Harvey (Apr. 21, 1860 - Jul. 1934)
Clara Lynn/Linn (b. Jan. 22, 1862)
Thomas Jefferson (Jun. 2, 1864 - Jan. 10, 1936)

James' wife, Martha gave the son who was born a scant two months before his father died in Andersonville Camp the patriotic name of Thomas Jefferson.

Military record:
Private James MacKrell, Co. K, Reg 14, Pennsylvania, Cavalry Civil War.

James MacKrell, age 26 years, born in England and by occupation a farmer, was enrolled Sept. 25, 1862, at Pittsburgh, Penn. for a period of three years and was mustered into the service Sept. 25, 1862, Capt. Duff's Co. Subsequently Co. K 14 Regiment Penn. Cavalry.

MacKrell died of diarrhea Aug. 3, 1864, at the hospital at Andersonville, Georgia, while a POW.

Personal description is recorded as follows: Complexion dark, Black eyes, hair black, height 5'9 1/2".

Prisoner of War Record shows him captured April 8, 1864 at Winchester, Virginia; confined at Richmond, Virginia April 13, 1864. Forwarded to Andersonville Prison, Georgia May 31, 1864. He is buried in Grave 4635, National Cemetery, Andersonville, Georgia.

The Fourteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry in the Civil War
Extracted from the Regimental History by Rev. Wm. Slease, 1915

The Fourteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry whose roster and history are briefly recorded in the following pages was recruited in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by authority of Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War and Andrew G. Curtin, Governor of Pennsylvania, during September, October, and November 1862, by James Schoonmaker, a Lieutenant of the First Maryland Cavalry assisted by William Blakely, John M. Dailey, Shadrack Foley, Thomas Gibson and others, whose names appear in the pages of this history…

…The Fourteenth Pa. Cavalry was mustered into the service of the United States November 23rd, 1862. Lieutenant James M. Schoonmaker was elected Lieutenant Colonel; Thomas Gibson was chosen Major of the First Battalion; Shadrack Foley, Major of the Second; and John M. Daily, Major of the Third Battalion…

Company K was organized in Armstrong County by David K. Duff assisted by James L. Kelly and John W. McNutt who were elected Captain and first Lieutenant….

…The regiment was made up of boys or young men from several communities, yet a few of the officers were younger than the average age of the enlisted men. Our Colonel, J. M. Schoonmaker when elected Colonel, was only twenty years and four months old. In a little more than a year after taking his regiment into some of the actual warfare, January 1st, 1864, he was assigned the command of First Brigade of General W. W. Averill's Division, of the Army of the Shenandoah, and had the distinction of being one of the youngest regimental and brigade commanders in the Union Army. Not only was he one of the youngest colonels and brevet Brigadier Generals, but also one of the most reliable ones. As he had always met the expectation of his superiors at the head of a splendid regiment whose efficiency he had helped to make, so as he entered upon the leadership of a brigade consisting of his own regiment, the 14th Pa., the Eighth Ohio, the Third West Virginia, and the 22nd Pennsylvania he had an ambition to hold the esprit de corps of the brigade at the highest possible standard. He led this brigade of splendid officers and men gallantly, on the march, skirmish, battle and charge with such credit to himself and mean, making such record for the command that General Averill and Sheridan could always depend upon Schoonmaker's Brigade anywhere within human possibility.

Source: Slease, William, Rev. Fourteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry in the Civil War, 1915.

(I remain indebted to Kevin Frye, the consummate dedicated historian who offers tombstone photographs and information he has gathered over the years for families and the public in a respectful and devoted manner befitting these men who survived and died at Andersonville.)
Family links: 
  Martha Jane McCollam MacKrell Smith (1838 - 1918)
  Clara L MacKrell Walker (1862 - 1902)*
  Thomas Jefferson MacKrell (1864 - 1936)*
*Calculated relationship
Andersonville National Cemetery
Andersonville National Historic Site
Macon County
Georgia, USA
Plot: 4635
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Record added: Aug 24, 2013
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 Added: Jul. 29, 2014
Remembering and honoring you today.
- stephanie
 Added: May. 26, 2014
Dear James, You have never been forgotten by your family. Your story has been passed down through seven generations in honor of your horrific sacrifice at such a young age in such a desolate place. Rest easy and in peace.
- stephanie
 Added: Aug. 26, 2013
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