Pvt James Monroe McCaslan

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Pvt James Monroe McCaslan

  • Birth 1842 Calhoun Falls, Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 30 Aug 1862 Manassas, Prince William County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Groveton, Prince William County, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 104030125

James Monroe McCaslan, was a son of James McCaslan and the former Miss Margaret Bates Foster. Born into an old noble family; whose ancestors were patriots of the revolutionary war and members of the Reformed Presbyterian church. Young James grew up in a family that believed in education, prayer and service to ones country. Named for the fifth President of the United States, James McCaslan entered Davidson College in Guilford County, North Carolina at the age of 15 and graduated in 1857 with degrees in philosophy and history.

When South Carolina succeeded from the Union in his "backyard" of Abbeville; James McCaslan volunteered and enlisted with his brother Thomas, in Co. B. 1st Rifle Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers under the command of Col. James L. Orr in July 1861. Known as Orr's Rifles, this regiment fought with the Army of Northern Virginia. In April, 1862 the regiment left winter quarters for Richmond and the front, and there they drilled and stayed in reserve till late June.

The regiment engaged in its first fighting as a part of Gen. A. P. Hill's Light Division during the Battle of the Seven Days. On the third and fiercest day, June 27, they were thrown into battle at Cold Harbor and suffered 60 percent casualties. At the end of August, the regiment fought again at Second Manassas (or Second Bull Run).

At the Battle of Bull Run, August 28 - 30, 1862 - Orr's Rifles reported 116 causalities; Pvt. James Monroe McCaslan was one of those causalities; mortally wounded in the chest, he died on the battlefield next to many of his brave courageous comrades in arms.

It is believed that James Monroe McCaslan's remains were buried in Groveton Cemetery by Union soldiers, days after the battle.


Death Notice
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"Died of a wound received in his breast in the late battle of Manassas , James Monroe McCaslan, son of James and Margaret McCaslan of Abbeville District, S. C. Near fifteen months ago, he volunteered in Capt. Perrin's Company, Col. Orr's 1st Rifle Regiment.… Monroe was a graduate of Davidson College, a pious and consistent member of the Presbyterian Church at Hopewell.… he has fallen at the early age of 22 years."
Published in The Due West Telescope
September 26, 1862


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  • Created by: GMG
  • Added: 23 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 104030125
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt James Monroe McCaslan (1842–30 Aug 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104030125, citing Groveton Confederate Cemetery, Groveton, Prince William County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by GMG (contributor 47391530) .