Lt. Col. Michael Jefferson Bulger, Sr. Civil War Confederate Army Officer
General Bulger was an attorney, ginner, and cotton broker in the Montgomery area and he owned a plantation in Dadeville, Alabama. He started out in South Carolina then re-located to Alabama as a young adult, and became prominent in this states politics and militia. With the prospect of war on the horizon in 1861, he, as a delegate to Alabama's secession convention, voted nay to the question of whether the state should break away from the US. Regardless of his position on this issue, he aligned himself with the Confederacy after Alabama's secession, and was eventually commissioned a Captain in Company A of the 47th Alabama Infantry in March 1862. His regiment's baptism of fire came at the "Battle of Cedar Mountain" on August 9, 1862. While in command of the 47th during this clash, he received two severe wounds that necessitated a leave of absence to restore his health, and it was during this convalesce that he was elected to represent his district in the Alabama State Senate. He returned to his duties at the grade of Lieutenant Colonel, and was present with the Regiment at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Confederate efforts to seize the high ground known as "Little Round Top" occurred July 2, 1863, and the elder Bulger did not lack courage during this desperate hour - the old man climbed atop a boulder and "waved his sword at the Federals while urging his Alabamians" onward. This presentation of gallantry came with a severe cost however. By standing tall on the boulder, he offered a grand target and eventually, a Union marksman fired a round that found its mark. Hit in the lung, Bulger withdrew down the hill to the safety of another boulder. There, amidst the ongoing battle, he sat himself down to await his fate, and with blood freely flowing from his mouth and nostrils, began to suffer the effects of his wound. He was a dying man. With the ultimate repulse of the Confederate forces, the wounded Bulger was left behind and was reported to have been killed while "fighting most nobly". However, a Union non-enlisted man found the Confederate officer after nightfall and demanded his surrender. Refusing on the account of the code of behavior for such matters, Bulger asked for an officer of like rank. Colonel James Clay Rice of the 44th New York Infantry soon appeared and the Confederate officer officially surrendered his sword. Colonel Rice personally instructed his men to transfer Bulger to the attention of a Federal surgeon. Later, Bulger let it be known "that the compassion shown by Rice saved his life." Conveyed to Johnson's Island near Sandusky, Ohio as a prisoner, his war was effectively over. He was exchanged in March 1864. During his tenure as a prisoner-of-war, he was promoted Colonel. The war concluded with him as a member of the Invalid Corps, and upon returning to his adoptive state of Alabama, he Farmed and continued his involvement in politics.
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Dadeville City Cemetery, Dadeville, Tallapoosa County, Alabama, USA (Cause of death: Shot in his lung)
Citing This Record: "Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch 19:05, 21 April 2015 (EDT)~~ The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 75 page 244.
[p.244] Mrs. Henlette Bulger Carlisle. DAR ID Number: 74664 Born in Dadeville, Ala. Wife of O. P. Carlisle. Descendant of Corp. John Carroll Adams. Daughter of Thomas L. Bulger (b. 1850) and Mollie Cade Bass (b. 1855), his wife. Granddaughter of Michael J. Bulger (1806-1900) and Elizabeth Bozeman (1829-92), his 2nd wife, m. 1837. Gr-granddaughter of Pierce Bulger and Ann R. Adams (1786-1863), his wife, m. 1804. Gr-gr-granddaughter of John Carroll Adams and Sarah Adams, his wife. John Carroll Adams (1747-1840) served as private and corporal in the South Carolina militia. He was wounded at the battle of Cowpens. He was born in South Carolina; died in Richland district. Also No. 40745. 19:08, 21 April 2015 (EDT) The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 41 page 279
Miss Henrie A. Bulger. DAR ID Number: 40745 Born in Dadeville, Alabama. Descendant of Corp. John Carroll Adams, of South Carolina. Daughter of William D. Bulger and Amanda E. Crabb, his wife. Granddaughter of Michael J. Bulger (1806-1900) and Elizabeth Bozeman (1829-92), his 2nd wife, m. 1837. Gr.-granddaughter of Pierce Bulger and Ann R. Adams (1786-1863), his wife, m. 1804. Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of John Carroll Adams and Sarah, his wife. John Carroll Adams, (1747-1840), served as corporal in the South Carolina militia. He died in Richland District, S. C. 19:47, 21 April 2015 (EDT)~~ 47th Alabama Infantry Regiment Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel
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http://www.auburn.edu/~barnejr/regiments/47th/mwbulger.htm MICHAEL WILLIAM BULGER, father Pierce D. Bulger, son Michael Joseph Bulger, grandson
Michael W. Bulger came from Ireland during or just prior to the Revolutionary War. In Owens, The Story of Alabama, V. 5, is found this statement: "--Mike Bulger, a native of Ireland and the brother of Lord John Bulger--came to this country with Baron DeKalb to join the American Revolution and remained a member of his staff as long as DeKalb lived. He was at his side when DeKalb was killed at Camden, South Carolina." Bulger was wounded but recovered, married and settled in Richland District, S.C. where he raised a family. A son, Pierce D. Bulger was born Beauford County, North Carolina in 1785. Pierce married Sara Anne Adams, daughter of John Carroll Adams, grand-daughter of Richard Adams of Beauford County, North Carolina. The Adams were of the President Adams family. Peirce was a solider in the War of 1812 and was wounded. Their children who have to date been identified were Charles N., Michael Joseph, born February 13, 1806 and Pierce, Jr. There may have been others. The family settled in Richland District, (Columbia) South Carolina. Pierce, Sr. was a carpenter and machinist. He died in 1813 at age 28. His estate was probated on December 18, 1813, and recorded in will book "E", page 273, Richland County, Columbia, S. C. as reported on page 257 in the Green History of Richland County, S. C.. The estate was sold on January 21, 1815, where Anne Bulger and Andrew Rembert purchased one chest of carpenter tools for $130.78. After Pierce Bulger's death, Anne married John Turberville in 1816. Evidently, Turberville was not kind to the Bulger children. An incident which resulted in Michael J. leaving the Turberville home happened when he was 17. Michael had a pig which he was growing for market. One night the step-father told him to rise early the next morning and prepare to kill the hog for the family smoke house. When Mike protested, the step-father whipped him severely. Mike asked his mother to pack his clothes for he was "..leaving to walk a thousand miles and never look back". The next day, he, his borther, Charles N. and other migrants, left for Alabama. The year was 1823.
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