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Confederate (CSA)


John Stuart Hard

(1842 - 1863)
Home State: South Carolina
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 7th South Carolina Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He enrolled in Company F of the 7th South Carolina Infantry and was promoted Captain on 1 June 1861.

In the Antietam Campaign:
"Major White commanded at Antietam after the wounding of Aiken, and until he was himself killed at the enemy's battery, the farthest advance of the day. Captain Hard had command at the close ..."

The remainder of the War:
He was promoted to Major immediately after the battle on 18 September 1862. He was killed almost exactly one year later "... [he] led [the Regiment] for a short while at Chickamauga after the death of [Lt Col Elbert] Bland, and fell at the head of his regiment on top of Pea Ridge." Family lore says his body was escorted back home to Graniteville for burial by a family slave. He was at his death the youngest field-grade officer in the Brigade at just 20 years old.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Dates and service details complied from service records by Mac Wyckoff on eHistory at OSU. The quotes above and the reference to his being the youngest field officer from Dickert1.

John's older brother Benjamin William Hard (1838-1913) was also in Company F, promoted during his service to Lieutenant. A collection of their letters was narrated and published by Laura E Estilow in Doing My Duty: the Wartime Experiences of John S. Hard (1992).

Birth Date: 12/02/1842    Birth State: SC    
Death Date: 09/20/1863    Death Place: Chickamauga, GA    Burial Place: Graniteville Cemetery, Graniteville, SC


1   Dickert, D. Augustus, History of Kershaw's Brigade, Newberry (SC): Elbert H. Aull Company, 1899, pg. 112  [AotW citation 1222]

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