Home State: South Carolina
Command Billet: Battery Commander
Branch of Service: Artillery
Was a lawyer before the war. Before forming the Palmetto Light Artillery, Hugh Garden was Sergeant and Color Bearer for the 2nd S.C. Regt. of Infantry. Served in this capacity at the battle of 1st Manassas. Returning home in 1862, he recruited men and formed a battery of artillery.
The rest of the War
Commanded the Palmetto Light Artillery through all major campaigns in the war, 2nd Manassas, Sharpsburg, Suffolk, Gettysburg, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Richmond, and signed the parole roster at Appomattox. 5'-4" tall, fair complexion, black eyes, and black hair.
After the War
After the war Captain Garden moved to Virginia and then later to New York City where he practiced law and helped found the New York chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. When he retired he moved back to Sumter, South Carolina, where he is buried.
References & notes
Original Source is Dedmont, Glenn, Southern Bronze, Palmetto Bookworks, Lexington, SC, 1993
More on the Web
See some photos and a biographical sketch on the Palmetto Light reenactors page.
Date not known; burial in Sumter, SC