Samuel McBride Pringle was born December 7, 1839 in Sumter County, South Carolina. His father, Elijah, and mother, Rebecca Elizabeth, were “planters of respectable fortunes” and were members of the Baptist church in Sumter. Pringle enrolled at Furman University in 1859 and left Furman in the spring of 1961 to join the Palmetto Battery of Artillery. He first joined Captain Richardson’s company, which formed in Sumter. About a year later, he transferred to an artillery company that Mr. Hugh R. Garden of Sumter had been commissioned to raise. While he was in this company, he was named Junior 1st Lieutenant.
On September 17, 1862 Pringle was wounded at the Battle of Antietam, near Sharpsburg, Maryland. He was then sent near Camp Winchester to have his leg amputated, but never recovered. Pringle died in Winchester, Virginia on September 24.