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Confederate (CSV)


Hansford Dade Duncan Twiggs

(1837 - 1917)

Home State: Georgia

Education: Georgia Military Institute, UPenn, UGa, Class of 1860

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Georgia (Regulars) Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He had graduated from the Georgia Military Institute in 1858, studied law a the University of Pennsylvania for a year, and graduated from the School of Law at the University of Georgia in 1860. He had just begun to practice law by the outbreak of War in 1861. He enrolled in the First Georgia Infantry, later folded into the First Regulars, as First Lieutenant - probably Company D, transferred to Company G. He was wounded in action at Malvern Hill on 1 July 1862. He was promoted to Captain prior to the Maryland Campaign - possibly in February 1862.

On the Campaign

He was present on September 14th, and commanded a "miscellaneous battalion of skirmishers in front of Cemetery Hill until wounded and taken prisoner" on the 17th at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

After being exchanged and recovering, he served at Charleston and Savannah, and was wounded again at Battery Wagner, South Carolina on 18 July 1863. He rejoined the Regulars in the field in August 1863 seeing further action at Olustee, Savannah, and Averasboro. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel before surrendering with Johnston at Greesnboro in April 1865.

After the War

He resumed his Law practice in 1868 in Augusta, and was appointed State Superior Court judge in 1870 (to 1873). He served in the State General Assembly (1880-81) and was Speaker pro tem of the House . He moved to Savannah in 1897.

References & notes

Basic information from United Confederate Veterans1, with details from his obituary in CVVolume 25, pg. 327. More from Men of Mark2 - which also contains a c. 1912 photograph of him. He was nephew to Major General David E. Twiggs.


03/25/1837; Barnwell, SC


03/25/1917; Savannah, GA


1   United Confederate Veterans, and United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans, Confederate Veteran Magazine (1893-1932), 1893-01-00, Vol. 15, pgs. 578 - 580; Vol. 17, pp. 412 - 413  [AotW citation 2738]

2   Northern, William J., and John Temple Graves, Men of Mark in Georgia, 6 volumes, Atlanta: A. B. Caldwell, 1906-1912, Vol. VI, pp. 256 - 259  [AotW citation 2744]