"H" is for Hagood, Johnson [1829-1898]

Jun 15, 2020

"H" is for Hagood, Johnson [1829-1898]. Soldier, governor. A native of Barnwell District, he graduated with distinction from the Citadel in 1847 and then studied law. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he was elected colonel of the first South Carolina Regiment of Volunteers. Hagood saw action continuously from the reduction of Fort Sumter in April 1861 to the Battle of Bentonville in March 1865. His gallantry under fire led to his promotion to brigadier general. 

Elected governor in 1880, he saw to the reopening of the Citadel, passage of the eight-box ballot law, expanded state aid for artificial limbs for Confederate veterans, and creation of the black seventh district. Devoted to the Citadel, Johnson Hagood served as chairman of its Board of Visitors from 1878 until his death in 1898.