(1834 - 1905)
Home State: South Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
He was "mentioned in connection with the trouble in Kansas, in 1856 and 1857." On 15 April 1861, by then a 26 year old merchant at Mt. Willing, Edgefield District, he enrolled as 3rd Lieutenant of Company E, 7th South Carolina Infantry. He helped organize Company M in February 1862 and was elected Captain at the reorganization of 13 May. He was slightly wounded, in the face, at Savage Station, VA on 29 June 1862.
On the Campaign
He commanded his Company on the Maryland Campaign.
The rest of the War
He was in command of the regiment as senior officer present after Chickamauga on 20 September 1863, and may have been acting Major. He was wounded by a gunshot to his right forearm at the Wilderness, VA on 6 May 1864 and the bone was excised (surgically removed). He was on furlough and in hospitals into January 1865. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment on 12 January 1865 (to date from September 1863) and ordered to take command in March, with no further military record.
After the War
By 1870 he was farming at Saluda, Edgefield County and he was teaching at Huiet in 1880. In 1894 he declined nomination to run for the General Assembly. He died at his youngest daughter Bessie Belle's home in Orangeburg at age 70 in 1905.
References & notes
His service from Swain.1 His Wilderness wound and surgery details from the MSHWR.2 He's seen in some military records, and in at least one genealogy, as Elijah Jeremiah Goggans. He's often seen in post war publications as E. Jerry Goggans. Personal details from a family history in Chapman's Annals of Newberry (Part 2, 1892), family genealogists, and the US Census for 1870 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his stone has him as Eldgridge Jeremiah Goggans.
He married Adela Malissa Bouknight (1837-1905) in May 1865 and they had 4 children.
08/31/1834; Newberry District, SC
03/31/1905; Orangeburg, SC; burial in Emory United Methodist Church Cemetery, Saluda, SC
1 Swain, Sr., Glen Allan, The Bloody 7th, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2014, pp. 135, 514-515 [AotW citation 24701]
2 Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Volume 2, Part 2, pg. 964 [AotW citation 24702]