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Burge Crabb McGregor

Obituary of Augustus Silas McGregor, Tampa, Florida.

On October 29, 1914, The Florida State Reunion at Lakeland was saddened by the death in their midst of Comrade A. S. McGregor, of Tampa, Fla. His remains were taken to Tampa for burial.

Augustus S. McGregor was born near Rockmart, Polk County, Ga., on April 28, 1842, the youngest of seven children. In September, 1861, before he was of age, he enlisted under Capt. John Crabb in Company A, 7th Georgia Cavalry, serving first in Forrest's Brigade and Martin's Division, Army of Tennessee. The first battle of importance in which he took part was at Murfreesboro, Tenn., July 30, 1862, Like others, he had many very close calls. Once while in the enemy's camps near Chickamauga he was discovered as a spy, but managed to make good his escape. Again, in June, 1864, while at home on a brief visit, the house was surrounded by forty-two Federal soldiers. Escape seemed impossible, as he had to cross a twelve-hundred-acre farm in his dash for safety, but this he accomplshed safely.

After serving a while under Forrest, he was transferred to Wheeler's command, During his four years of service he took part in over a hundred engagements, the last one being near Raleigh, N. C. He was paroled at Greensboro, N. C. on April 28, 1865. He was wounded twice during his service, once at Somerset, Ky., in March, 1863, and again at Atlanta, Ga., in July, 1864.

After returning home he attended school until 1868, when he was elected sheriff of Polk County. He served thus until 1874. On December 15, 1870, he was married to Miss Dora Burge at Stilesboro, Ga., and lived on his farm until 1884, when he moved to Florida. In 1889 his life was saddened by the death of his wife. He is survived by five children, one brother, and two sisters.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, April, 1915.

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