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Confederate (CSA)

Captain

Hugh Richardson Garden

Home State: South Carolina

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Palmetto (SC) Light Artillery

Before Sharpsburg

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
quoted online.

More on the Web

See some photos and a biographical sketch on the Palmetto Light reenactors page.

Death

Date not known; burial in Sumter, SC