(1842 - 1863)
Home State: South Carolina
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
He enrolled in Company F of the 7th South Carolina Infantry and was promoted Captain on 1 June 1861.
On the Campaign
"Major White commanded at Antietam after the wounding of Aiken, and until he was himself killed at the enemy's battery, the farthest advance of the day. Captain Hard had command at the close ..."
The rest of the War
He was promoted to Major immediately after the battle on 18 September 1862. He was killed almost exactly one year later "... [he] led [the Regiment] for a short while at Chickamauga after the death of [Lt Col Elbert] Bland, and fell at the head of his regiment on top of Pea Ridge." Family lore says his body was escorted back home to Graniteville for burial by a family slave. He was at his death the youngest field-grade officer in the Brigade at just 20 years old.
References & notes
Dates and service details complied from service records by Mac Wyckoff on eHistory at OSU. The quotes above and the reference to his being the youngest field officer from Dickert1. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
John's older brother Benjamin William Hard (1838-1913) was also in Company F, promoted during his service to Lieutenant. A collection of their letters was narrated and published by Laura E Estilow in Doing My Duty: the Wartime Experiences of John S. Hard (1992).
12/02/1842 in SC
09/20/1863; Chickamauga, GA; burial in Graniteville Cemetery, Graniteville, SC