Capt. John L. Inglis

I found the below sketches or bios in the November 1917 issue of Confederate Veteran magazine. I’m not related to Captain Inglis but my Great Grandfather (Ralpha Barker) was in a partnership with Captain Inglis. They were mining low grade phosphate in Florida and shipping to Europe before World War I.

Capt. John L. Inglis

Capt. John L. Inglis, who passed away at his home, in Jacksonville, Fla., on June 2, 1917, in the eightieth year of his age, was a gallant Confederate soldier, an enterprising and public-spirited citizen, a kind and devoted husband and father. His parents were Scotch, and from them he inherited those habits of sturdy self-reliance, strict integrity, resolute and undaunted courage which marked his whole course in life.

Captain Inglis was born in England, but came to America when a young man. After stopping in the Northern States a few years, he went to Wakulla County, Fla., and took charge of an iron foundry at New Port, where he was working when war between the States was declared. Casting his lot with the South, young Inglis enlisted in the Wakulla Guards, the first company of volunteers organized in that county. His personal magnetism and natural ability soon won his promotion to captain of his company, which became Company D, 3d Florida Regiment, Johnston’s army. Captain Inglis led Company D in the many bloody battles that marked the line of Sherman’s march to the sea. When sent to silence a battery of the Federal artillery that was pouring a deadly fire into the Confederate lines at Resaca, Ga., he hurled his gallant Floridians against that belching battery so furiously that he captured it, commander and all. The Federal captain was true grit, too, for he stood by his battery as long as he had men to work the guns; and when he handed his sword to his gallant captor, he discovered that it was his own brother.

Returning to Florida at the close of the war, Captain Inglis married Miss Thomas, of Madison, and for more than half a century had been a prominent figure in the business and political affairs of this adopted State.

In the organization of the United Confederate Veterans Captain Inglis was ever an earnest and successful worker. His admiring comrades honored him with every position of prominence and trust in the Veterans’ organization, from captain to major general of the Florida Division.

[R. Don McLeod]

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