|Birth: ||Sep. 16, 1837|
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 1913|
BROTHERS IN ARMS
James Robert McGough, a farmer and grandson of a Scotch-Irish immigrant Revolutionary war soldier, was born in Georgia on Sept. 26. 1837. He enlisted as a private on July 12, 1861, in the Jeff Davis Riflemen, the second Confederate Army company organized in Butts, Co., Ga. Formed in Jackson, the county seat, it was sent to Richmond, Va., in May 1861, where it became part of the 14th Ga, Inf. Regt. The 14th eventually served in General Edward Thomas' Brigade, which was a part of Major General A.P. Hill's Division, Lieutinant General "Stonewall" Jackson's Second Corps.
A member of Co. I, he was honorably discharged on March 3, 1863, after contracting typhoid fever. In July 1864, he enlisted as a private in Company G, 6th Regt., Georgia Militia, and was sent to Savannah. This regiment was disbanded in South Carlina across the river from Augusta, Ga. He lived the rest of his life in Butts County near Indian Springs. He died on december 4, 1913.
The county's history recounts that when his crippled father-in-law. William R. Bankston, who was clerk of the court, stepped outside the courthouse in Jackson to watch Sherman's men march through the city, one of them shot him. The wound was not fatal.
James brother, William Marion McGough, a merchant born on August 22, 1842, enlisted with him as a private in Company I, 14th Georgia, on July 12, 1861. Wounded at Fredericksburg on Dec. 13, 1862, William urrendered at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. He later moved to Morton, Miss., and died January 14, 1915.
James Robert's oldest brother, John Thomas McGough who was born on Dec., 22, 1832 was a private in the 10th Texas Cavalry. He died on May 12, 1872 and was buried in Butts County.
Another brother, Joseph Howard McGough, was born March 29, 1840, and worked as a photographer before the war. He enlisted in Byars Volunteers from Butts Co., which became Company I, 45th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Joseph was wounded in the shoulder and chest at Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862. He died in General Hospital No. 12 in Richmond as a result of the amputation of his shoulder joint on June 3, 1863.
James youngest brother, Benjamin Lewis McGough, born January 3, 1849, joined a boys company in 1863 that was subsequently mustered into service as Company G, 3rd Georgia Infantry Regiment, Reserves. This regiment was sent to guard Union prisoners at Andersonville, Ga. There he became brigade drummer, and every morning he beat the roll call and guard mount in front of the headquarters of Captain Henry Wirz, the camps commander.
In the 1920's, Benjamin McGough wrote an account of his wartime service in which he explained why the hanging of Wirz by the Federal government was unjustified. After the war he ran a store in Atlanta and served as the postmaster of Fayetteville, Ga. In addition, he was named deputy collector of Internal Revenue for the District of Georgia and also served as a notary public and justice of the peace. CWT
Elizabeth Jane Bankston McGough (1845 - 1924)*
Minnie Mae McGough (1872 - 1896)*
Ola B McGough Collins (1875 - 1958)*
Joseph Gordon McGough (1886 - 1971)*
County Line Baptist Church Cemetery
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Record added: Jan 22, 2010
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