HAGLER, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS (1834~1907) Christopher Columbus Hagler, Confederate veteran, was born in Georgia in 1834. On September 26, 1861, with the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Georgia State Troops. He served as a private in Company H of the 1st Regiment, 1st Brigade. After serving nearly a year with the State Troops, Hagler mustered out of service on May 5, 1862, and, on that same day, enlisted as a private in Company I, 11th Georgia Infantry, in Georgetown, Quitman County. Company I was commonly referred to as the Quitman Grays.
The 11th Infantry, which was organized in the spring of 1861, had already been sent to Virginia, where the men participated in the Battle of Yorktown and in several skirmishes around Richmond. Upon his arrival, Hagler, more than likely participated in some of the battles that took place between the Seven Days Battle and Cold Harbor, though it is difficult to pinpoint, as he was admitted to Wayside Hospital in Richmond on February 24, 1863. Though no information concerning his condition was listed, he was transferred that same day to Winder Hospital. His release date is not known, but it is assumed that he was healthy enough to rejoin his regiment by that summer, because he participated in the Battle of Gettysburg.
After Gettysburg, on July 5, 1863, Hagler was left with the wounded and was taken as a prisoner of war. On July 7, he was moved from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia and then to Delaware, where he was held at Camp Delaware. On October 20, 1863, he was transferred to Point Lookout, Maryland, where he was exchanged on November 1, 1864. After his release, no other military records for Hagler can be found, so it is assumed that he returned to Georgia.
In 1878, Hagler moved to Texas and in 1890, settled in Miller Grove in Rains County, where he worked as a farmer. Suffering from the debilities of old age, he successfully applied for a Confederate Pension from the State of Texas in October 1899.
By 1906, he was living in Lone Oak, Texas and, after his wife's death, moved to Austin on January 10, 1907, to live in the Texas Confederate Men's Home. Once in the Home, Hagler only lived another nine months. He died on October 23, 1907, and was later buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
There is very little information available on Hagler's personal life or his family members. His wife's name is not currently known and there is no information concerning any children, except for a possible daughter or son-in-law, who had the last name of Dowell.
Information taken from: Compiled Military Service Records; National Park Service Website, http://www.itd.nps.gov; Georgia 11th Infantry Regiment website, http://www.researchonline.net/gacw/unit41.htm; Confederate Pension Application # 05123; and Confederate Home Roster.