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Baumgardner, James M.


Venerable James Marion Baum-
gardner Lays Down Burden
of Years for New Life.


Funeral Will Occur This After-
noon Under Auspices of Camp
Garnet Confederate Veterans

   James Marion Baumgardner, veteran soldier and pioneer resident of Hunt-
ington and Southern West Virginia,
died at three o'clock Thursday morn-
ing, at his home on Ninth street, where he had resided for many years. Mr. Baumgardner, who was eighty-five years old, was stricken with paralysis seven weeks ago. He lingered, fighting gallantly with the aid of devoted friends and family, but owing to advanced age and the severity of his affliction, he lost slowly, and the life that had once represented a tower of strength, slowly ebbed into the shadows. Though speechless, during all the weeks of his illness, Mr. Baumgardner was conscious almost to the end, and frequently gave evidences of recognition to those around him.
   He was born near Ona, in Cabell county, on March 21, 1830, on the MacCorkle homestead, one of the oldest properties in that section of the county. His parents were Jacob and Mary Baumgardner, who came from Fincastle, Va., to this section early in the Nineteenth century. In his boyhood he evinced in a marked degree qualities of vigor and intelligence and a capacity for work to which he held steadfastly until the encroachments of age forced him into the quietude of retirement. At the first outbreak of the Civil war, being of warm southern sympathies, he enlisted in the Confederate army, and served gallantly to the end. He participated in the battles of Scary, Carnifax, Morristown, Lewisburg, Chambersburg and Lookout Mountain. His first service was under General Wise. This was concluded in 1861. He was transfered then to General Robert E. Lee, the great southern chieftain, and he followed with undaunted footsteps the varying fortunes of that leader, until the closing year of the war, when he became attached to Longstreet's army, and participated with that intrepid leader in many of the thrilling events of the south. At the close of the war he returned to Cabell county, and for a number of years conducted a hotel at Guyandotte. Those were the days before the railroads, and old-time river conditions prevailed. The traffic was from turnpikes and the steam boats.
   At the close of the war he married to Lucinda Ferguson, who, with the following children, survives him; Harry Baumgardner, of Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Herbert Tompkins, of Cliffton Forge, Va., Mrs. Robert Kyle, of Huntington. Mrs. Tompkins and Mrs. Kyle were with their father when the end came.
   Mr. Baumgardner had had a wealth of human experience. The long span of his life had brought him into contact with all the sweetness of peace and all the hardship and devastation of war. He was kindly mannered, a close student of events and of the Bible, in the study and discussion of which he found incessant delight. He was a Christian by profession and by practice. For many years he was a member of the Fifth Avenue Baptist church, and the funeral rites will be conducted at the shrine of that church today. He saw Huntington grow from woodland and cornfield to the magnificent city it is today. He lived well, albeit long, and when the summons came he was ready to say, with Stonewall Jackson, that great leader of the south he served: "Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees."
   The funeral will occur at Fifth avenue Baptist church, at half past two o'clock this afternoon. The burial will be at Spring Hill. Camp Garnett, United Confederate Veterans, of which Mr. Baumgardner was a faithful and honored member, will attend in a body.

-The Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Friday Morning, October 23, 1914, pg. 12

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