FAGAN, James Fleming was born on March 1, 1828 in Louisville, Clark County, Kentucky, United States, United States. Son of Steven and Catherine A. (Stevens) Fagan. His father died two years later, and his mother married Samuel Adams, a governor of Alabama.
Before the Civil War, Fagan represented Saline County in the Arkansas legislature for one term in the 1840s and was a lieutenant in Archibald Yell’s Regiment during the Mexican War. From 1856 to 1858, he was a receiver for the State Bank of Arkansas. When his state seceded, he entered the Confederate Army as colonel of the 1st Arkansas Regiment.
Fagan distinguished himself at the battle of Shiloh. Promoted to brigadier general on September 12, 1862, he was attached to the Trans-Mississippi Department, and he participated in the siege of Helena, Arkansas, and raised troops for the defense of his state in 1863. In the spring of 1864, his cavalry division was victorious in the Arkansas battles of Camden and Marks’ Mills.
After his promotion to major general on April 25, 1864, he accompanied General Sterling Price on his last expedition into Missouri. At the end of the war, Fagan commanded the District of Arkansas. When Lee surrendered, he refused to follow suit.
He finally surrendered in June 1865 and was soon paroled. After the war, he was a farmer and a politician, joining the Republican party. In 1875, President Grant appointed him U. S. marshal for the Western District of Arkansas.
Two years later, he was named receiver for the Land Office in Little Rock.
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