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Gen James Haggin McBride

Gen James Haggin McBride

Kentucky, USA
Death Mar 1864 (aged 49–50)
Bluffton, Yell County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Bluffton, Yell County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 47378486 · View Source
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James Haggin McBride, born 1814 in Kentucky. Moved to Paris, Monroe County, Missouri, as a young man, and became a merchant. He also studied law and was admitted to the bar in Missouri.

McBride married Mildred A. Barnes of Cooper County, Missouri and soon after moved to Springfield where he opened his law practice. He also served as an attorney for the Missouri State Bank in 1857. In 1859, McBride was elected as County Circuit Court Judge of Texas County. In May of 1861, he received word that he had been promoted to the rank of Brigadier General by Missouri Gov. Jackson and was given command of the 7th Division of the Missouri State Guard. Upon receiving this news, it is said he adjourned court immediately.

In August 1861 during the Battle of Oak Hills AKA Wilson's Creek, near Springfield, McBride led his troops with very little training and critically short of equipment. His men, numbered about 645 troops were engaged in teh fight on "Bloody Hill" and suffered a reporeted 146 casualties. Even though they had had little training, the men fought well and they and General McBride were laudeded for their gallant service by General Sterling Price after the battle.

The 7th Division was also engaged at the Battle of Lexington, Missouri. McBride and his troops were again singled out for their brave and gallant service.

After Lexington, the Missouri State Guard began to break up as short term state enlistments expired. Many of these troops enlisted in Missouri Confederate units.

In February, 1862, General McBride resigned his Missouri commission. He then accepted a commission in the Confederate Army as a Brigadier General (although this can not be confirmed). His family claimed he participated in the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge) but there are no, official records to confirm service in this battle.

General McBride set up a base camp in Izard County Arkansas, to recruit Confederate troops for a new infantry brigade from men in the South Western Missouri and Norther Westeran areas of Arkansas. Before he completed this assignement, he was ordered to report to General Hindman in Little Rock to help recruit troops in central Arkansas. Official Confederate records for 1862 and 1863 show McBride's name in several locations in Northern Arkansas leading troops.

In 1863, McBride became seriously ill, possibly with pneumonia. This necessitated his resignation from the Confederate Army and join his family to regain his health while they were living near Clarksville, Arkansas. They decided to move further South to find a better climate but in the town of Bluffton, Arkansas, in Yell County, McBride died and was buried in the town cemetery. For almost 100 years his grave went unmarked except for a field stone. In 1958, his family obtained a headstone from the US government and had it placed on his grave.

As a side note, Captain Douglas McBride, a son of General McBride, was killed in action at Batesville, Independence County, Arkansas.

This submitter visits his grave in Bluffton the 3rd Sunday of May every year to place a small bouquet of flowers on his grave.

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  • Created by: Rick Lawrence
  • Added: 31 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47378486
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gen James Haggin McBride (1814–Mar 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47378486, citing Bluffton Cemetery, Bluffton, Yell County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Rick Lawrence (contributor 47207615) .