CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES AT EIGHTY-SEVEN
Taps sounded Monday for one of the few remaining G.A.R veterans of the Civil War, when "General" James Feagler aged 87 years died at the home of his daughter on Hoosier street.
Mr. Feagler first enlisted in the army when just a young lad, being one of the first 75,000 called for by President Lincoln. He was in the 9th Indiana which enlistment was for 90 days.
As soon as his time had expired, he reenlisted in the 54th Indiana for one year and after mustering out enlisted in the 13th Indiana Cavalry under Capt. Joe Stricker, who was a resident of this city after the war up until the time of his death.
It was just one day past seventy years from the day Mr. Feagler enlisted that he died. His enlistment in the 13th Cavalry was for three years and he served in this regiment until the end of the war.
He was appointed Aid-de-Camp to the National Commander of the G.A.R. in 1928 and was very proud of this commission from the national organization.
Mr. Feagler was born in what was called the Jesse Vawter home about a mile east of the B.& O, trestle and attended school in a building that was removed for the B.& O. right of way, near the Wicken's home.
His reminiscence of boyhood days enabled this paper to give its readers many stories in the past on the early history of this county. His memory was keen up until the day of his death and he loved to discuss the old army days with several of his friends, especially those who had also served in the Civil War, and knew of the hardships that soldiers in that war had to contend with.
Most of his life was spent in the Deer Creek neighborhood, but for a time, a good many years ago, he conducted a restaurant in a building located where the entrance to the Amusu theater now stands.
His wife died while they were living near what is now the Walter Downs home and after his wife death, he with his son, Charles, and sister, Miss Bessie, made their home on the farm at the end of Deer Creek road.
His son Charles was taken by death several years ago while living on this farm. Most of the time since his sons death, he made his home at Danville, Ill., where he spent the winters at the soldiers home and the summers here at one of the local hotels.
After his daughter Mrs. Rose King moved to this city he made his home with her, and it was here that he slept away the last of his eighty-seven very active years.
Funeral services were held at the home on Hoosier Street Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W.H. Dillard and burial was at the beautiful little Summerfield cemetery, located on the Muscatatuck river, where he spent so many of his days. The funeral services were conducted under the auspices of the Myron Bertman Post No. 91 the American Legion.
Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. Rose King of this city, and one sister, Miss Bessie Feagler of Indianapolis.
Source; North Vernon Sun
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