Jacob W. Cagle

Jacob Cagle was born in North Carolina and moved to Greenville in 1853.  He was a hero of the South and served with distinction as captain of the famed Butler Guards.  After the war, he built a construction empire in Greenville and served  multiple times as Master of Recovery Lodge. Upon his death in 1910, his family donated the beautiful marble altar, before which, every mason of Recovery Lodge has since been obligated.

After the war, many men of the South like Cagle, found themselves destitute and under assault by carpetbaggers and scalawags.  Rather than succumb, Cagle was to rise above his circumstances and thrive. Through his ingenuity and industry, he became an engineer, builder, and inventor.  He held patents, and built fine homes, churches, and textile mills all over the upstate.

Born December 14, 1832,

Buncombe Co., NC.      

Died December 19, 1910,

Greenville, SC


Cagle and The Butler Guards

Captain Jacob W. Cagle, of Greenville, S.C., Commander of the Butler Guards, Company B, Second South Carolina Infantry, Kershaw's Brigade, Longstreet's Corps, was born at Flat Rock, N.C., December 14, 1832. In 1853 he made his home at Greenville, S.C., and there enlisted in the Butler Guards, April 13, 1861. This Company was originally a part of the Fourth Regiment, but being anxious to reach the seat of war, was, upon its request, transferred to Colonel Kershaw's command, the Second Regiment, which was then in Virginia. With this Regiment he was associated throughout the war, as private, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and captain, and participated in the following battles: First Manassas, Lewinsville, Georgetown, Savage Station, Malvern Hill, Harper's Ferry, Sharpsburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Bean's Station, Knoxville, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Charleston and Cedar Creek. The brigade then being sent to South Carolina to meet Sherman's invasion of that State, was engaged in the battles of Smithfield and Bentonville.  As Bentonville was his last engagement of the war, Captain Cagle surrendered his Company at Greensboro, N.C.  He was badly wounded in the leg at Gettysburg, and while being removed to Virginia by ambulance train, fell into the hands of the enemy, but was recaptured by the Confederates, and his servant, having secured a riderless horse from the Federals, he was enabled to
make his way across the Potomac.

Enlisted April 13, 1861 at Greenville, SC as a Private 
Promoted to Sergeant April 30, 1862
Elected Lieutenant May 13, 1862. 
Wounded at Gettysburg July 2, 1863
Promoted to Captain September 7,1863
Paroled May 2, 1865. 
Noted for bravery.