James W Pegram

James W Pegram

Civil War (Confederate) · Confederate Army · Major

Maj James West Pegram Jr

    MAJOR JAMES WEST PEGRAM, Jr.7,  was the son of General James West Pegram6 and Virginia Johnson, and the brother of General John Pegram and Colonel William Johnson Pegram. He was born in Petersburg on 14 February 1839 (62). He married Elizabeth Daniel, daughter of the Hon. Francis Daniel, Attorney General of Virginia, who died in 1881. Elizabeth died after a brief married life, with no known issue, and Major Pegram never married again. He has been described "as a brave soldier, a high toned chivalrous gentleman, true to the traditions of his state, and to all the relations between man and man." His portrait appears in "Ham Chamberlayne-Virginian" (87).

    Jimmie was the youngest of the three gallant Pegram brothers (this is in error; his brother William Johnson Pegram was born in 1841 (62) S WS), and the only one who survived the war. . . he rose to the rank of Major in spite of his youth, and as Ewell's Adjutant-General . . . He was a raconteur equal to Ran Tucker . . . and aided his genial, manly nature to make him one of the most popular men in society. He was a loyal friend, with all the courage of his race and the courtesy of the old Virginia Gentleman (78).

    Major Pegrarn died 31 March 1881 in Atlanta, Georgia. The following obituary appeared in the News and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, 5 April 1881.

    Major James West Pegram, Jr., whose sudden death at Atlanta last week was announced in the News and Courier yesterday, had friends everywhere in the South, and nowhere was the attachment to him stronger than in Charleston. Generous, courageous and blythe, warm hearted and faithful, he grew upon every one who knew him, and in every circle was always welcome. A good and brave soldier, he was, also shrewd and capable in business, enjoying the rich confidence of the Liollards, in which service he had been for a number of years.

    Few families in the South suffered more than that to which Major James West Pegram Jr. belonged. He and his two brothers were in the army. The two sons of his uncle, Captain Robert B. Pegram, were likewise in the Confederate Service, and with them there were the five sons of Captain Pegram's two sisters. Of these ten as brave young souls as ever wore the grey, five were killed in action, and one was so severely wounded that the amputation of his leg was necessary. Among the slain were Major Pegram's two brother, General John, and Colonel William Johnson Pegram.