Brigadier-General Henry Morris Naglee

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Brigadier-General Henry Morris Naglee

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Death: March 05, 1886 (71)
San Francisco, California
Place of Burial: Laurel Hill Cemetery Philadelphia
Immediate Family:

Son of John Naglee and Mary Naglee
Husband of Marie Antoinette Naglee
Father of Marie Ringgold Robins and Antoinette (Harriet) Naglee

Occupation: Banker, Distiller
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About Brigadier-General Henry Morris Naglee

Henry Morris Naglee (January 15, 1815 – March 5, 1886) was a civil engineer, banker, vintner, and a Union General in the American Civil War. Naglee was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1835.

Naglee came to California in 1846 during the Mexican-American War as a captain in the 1st New York Infantry Regiment. He led a detachment of volunteers to La Paz in Baja California and fought in the Skirmish of Todos Santos and led a detachment that fell upon the Mexican rear which led to the collapse of their resistance. In the following pursuit he ordered the killing of two captured Mexicans without orders, for which the military governor of Alta California, Colonel Richard B. Mason, ordered Naglee arrested. When President Polk granted a pardon to military and naval offenders acting in wartime, Naglee escaped punishment for this crime.[1]

After his discharge from the army, in 1849, Captain Naglee became the first commanding officer of the 1st California Guards, a California Militia unit in San Francisco, the beginning of what would become the California National Guard. He also entered into a career in banking.

In 1858 Naglee left San Francisco to study viticulture in Europe. Later that year, he bought 140 acres (0.570 km²) just east of downtown San Jose, California, where he built an estate and planted vineyards of Riesling and Charbono grapes, from which he distilled brandy.

In 1861 Naglee reentered the United States Army as a lieutenant colonel, but he resigned in January 1862. Naglee was made a brigadier general of volunteers the next month and commanded a brigade in the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsula Campaign, where he was wounded at the Battle of Fair Oaks in May. Later that year he commanded a brigade and a division in North Carolina, participating in the relief of Washington. In 1863 he commanded the VII Corps and the District of Virginia. In 1864 he was mustered out of the army and returned to San Jose to resume banking and brandy making.

After returning to California, General Naglee was involved in two very public scandals. In 1865, Mary Schell, whom Naglee had met in 1858 and corresponded with while at war, published his love letters in a book entitled The Love Life of Brigadier General Henry M. Naglee, Consisting of a correspondence on Love, War and Politics, after he broke off their relationship. In 1877 his nanny Emily Hanks filed a lawsuit against Naglee, claiming he proposed marriage to her and then seduced her. This led to two trials and three years of headlines in the local newspapers. The court ruled in Hanks's favor in the first trial, but in Naglee's in the second.

Henry Naglee died in San Francisco and is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. His estate was developed into the residential Naglee Park neighborhood in 1902 by Henry's two daughters, Marie and Antoinette. They erected a stone and brass memorial to Naglee in San Jose's St. James Park. Naglee Avenue was named after him.

Naglee, Henry M., brigadier-general, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 15, I8I5. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1835, but resigned on Dec. 3I, of that year, and engaged in civil engineering until 1846. At the beginning of the Mexican war he was commissioned captain in the 1st N. Y. volunteers, and he served throughout the war, in California, afterwards engaging in banking in San Francisco until I86I. He was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the I6th U. S. infantry, May 14, I86I, but did not join his regiment; resigned his command, Jan. 10, 1862, and was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers, Feb. 4. He served in the defenses of Washington, and in the Virginia campaign of I862, commanding a brigade at Williamsburg, at Fair Oaks, where he was wounded, and in the Seven Days' battles about Richmond, June 26 -July 2, I86I. He then commanded a division in the Department of North and South Carolina, in 1863; was in command of the 7th army corps, July and Aug., 1863, at Harper's Ferry; and from Aug. to Sept., 1863, commanded the District of Virginia. He was on waiting orders from Nov., 1863, to April 4, 1864, when he was mustered out of the service. He subsequently resumed his banking business in San Francisco, became interested in grape culture and engaged in distilling brandy. He died in San Francisco, Cal., March 5, 1886.

CALIFORNIA PIONEER REGISTER AND INDEX 1542 - 1848 page 259 Naglee (Henry Morris), 1847, capt. Co. D, N.Y. Vol. v. 504, 564, 666, 672. A nat. of Pa, graduate of West Point, and lieut 5th U.S. infantry. After being mustered out he became a banker at S.F.; in the war of '61-5 he served as lieut-col of the regular army, and brig.- gen. of volunteers; but returned to Cal. and settled at S. Jos‚, where he is well known down to '85 as a man of wealth and manufacturer of brandy. His wife was a daughter of Maj. Ringgold, U.S.A.

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Brigadier-General Henry Morris Naglee's Timeline

January 15, 1815
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 28, 1866
San Jose, Santa Clara County, California, United States
April 1869
PA, United States
March 5, 1886
Age 71
San Francisco, California
March 26, 1886
Age 71
Laurel Hill Cemetery Philadelphia