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J.M. Goggin

J.M. Goggin

Confederate (CSV)


James Monroe Goggin

(1820 - 1889)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: McLaws' Division

Before Sharpsburg

He was a cadet at West Point in 1838 (class of 1842) and classmate of Lafayette McLaws, but did not graduate. He served as a Lieutenant in the army of the Republic of Texas, bought land in Waller County, and probably trained or briefly practiced as a lawyer, but went to California as an agent of the US Post Office in 1848. By 1861 he was a cotton broker and wholesale grocer, as Goggin, Traytor & Holt, in Memphis, TN. He enrolled as Major of the 32nd Virginia Infantry in July 1861. He was appointed Major and Assistant Adjutant General to Major General McLaws on 4 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was on the Maryland Campaign on General McLaws' staff. After Sharpsburg the General reported:

My inspector-general, Major Goggin, was with me during the day, carrying orders and superintending their execution, in the performance of which duties he exhibited great daring and cool, sound judgment.

The rest of the War

He commanded James Connor's (formerly Kershaw's) Brigade temporarily at Cedar Creek, VA on 19 October 1864 and was assigned to Major General Kershaw's staff in November 1864. He was appointed Brigadier General to date from 4 December 1864, but the appointment was revoked, and he resumed his staff position with General Kershaw. He was captured with the General at Sailor's Creek, VA on 6 April 1865.

After the War

He returned to Texas and was a farmer in Waller County, then moved to Austin in Travis County.

References & notes

Service from the List 1 and Warner,2 source also of his picture, of unknown provenance. Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


10/23/1820; Bedford County, VA


10/11/1889; Austin, TX; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin, TX


1   US War Department, List of Staff Officers of the Confederate States Army, 1861-1865, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1891, pg. 62  [AotW citation 21293]

2   Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders, Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1959, pp. 108-109  [AotW citation 21294]