Home State: Maryland
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Alabama Infantry
On the Campaign
He was an unmarried carpenter from Frederick, MD when he enlisted as Private on 14 September 1862 in Company I, 4th Alabama Infantry at Boonsboro, MD.
The 4th Alabama did get one recruit, J.I Hager ...a finely developed, robust youth, who proved to be an excellent soldier. He ran the gauntlet from Boonsboro Gap to Appomattox without any broken bones ...He was with his new Company at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was at Suffolk and Fort Huger, but was captured in action at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863. Reported still a prisoner as late as January 1865.
After the War
He was living in Little Rock, AR by at least 1910, where he ran a planing mill, at which he had lost a thumb and one leg.
References & notes
Date not known in MD
1 State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <http://www.archives.state.al.us/civilwar/index.cfm>, Source page: various [AotW citation 15736]
2 US National Park Service, Department of the Interior, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, Published c. 1999, first accessed 01 January 2000, <http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/index.html> [AotW citation 15765]
3 Coles, Robert T., and Jeffrey D. Stocker, editor, From Huntsville to Appomattox: R. T. Coles's History of 4th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1996, pg. 61 [AotW citation 15766]