★ ★  Negley, James Scott

James Scott Negley

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December 22, 1826

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Father: Jacob Negley 1800 – 1830
(Buried: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)​

Mother: Mary Ann Scott 1805 – 1831
(Buried: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)​

1st Wife: Kate Losey 1831 – 1867
(Buried: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)​

2nd Wife: Grace Ashton 1849 – 1927
(Buried: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)​


James Scott Negley Jr. 1854 – 1889​
(Buried: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)​
George Negley 1856 – 1870​
(Buried: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)​
Grace Negley Farson 1871 – 1950​
(Buried: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)​
Edith Negley 1872 – 1968​
(Buried: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)​
Mabel Negley 1877 – 1963​
(Buried: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)​


1846: Graduated from Western University of Pennsylvania​

Occupation before War:

Served in the Mexican – American War with the Duquesne Grays​
Farmer and Horticulturist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Civil War Career:

1861: Brigadier General of Pennsylvania State Militia​
1861 – 1862: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
Commander of Union Army during Chattanooga, TN Expedition​
1862 – 1865: Major General of Union Army Volunteers​
1862: Fort Negley in Tennessee was named after him​
Served in the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee​
1863: Division Commander during the Tullahoma Campaign​
1863: Division Commander at the Battle of Chickamuga, Georgia​
1863: Acquitted of wrongdoing during Battle of Chickamuga​
1864 – 1865: Served in the Union Army in an administrative role​
1865: Resigned from the Union Army in January​

Occupation after War:

1869 – 1875: U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania​
1874 – 1878: Member Board of Managers National Home Disabled Veterans​
1882 – 1888: Member Board of Managers National Home Disabled Veterans​
1885 – 1887: U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania​
Leader in the Railroading Business in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania​

Died: August 7, 1901

Place of Death: Plainfield, New Jersey

Age at time of Death: 74 years old

Burial Place: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
Even though he was cleared by a court of inquiry for his alledged cowardice at Chickamauga the incident pretty much ruined his military career. He recieved no farther orders and eventually resigned before the war was over.

Luke Freet

First Sergeant
Forum Host
Nov 8, 2018
Palm Coast, Florida
Bump for Chickamauga.
Negley's division was the force which nearly got destroyed in McLemore's Cove, had it not been for command squabbling's on the Confederate's end. At Chickamauga, he was lightly engaged the 19th, and was to Brannan's right on the morning of the 20th. However, he was ordered out by Rosecrans to strengthen Thomas' flank, switching out with T. J. Wood's division. Negley's men helped repulse Breckinridge's assault, but as the day goes on and redeployments continue, Negley was hard to find, and his command became scattered. He was removed from command following the battle.