James Monroe Goggin

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James Monroe Goggin was born in Bedford County, Virginia, October 23, 1820, and attended West Point in the class of 1842, although he did not graduate. Emigrating to the then Republic of Texas, he served in its army as a lieutenant, meantime acquiring landholdings in Waller County. He went to California in 1848, where he was employed in establishing mail routes. Later he moved to Memphis and was engaged there in the cotton brokerage business at the outbreak of the Civil War. In 1861 Goggin entered Confederate service as major of the 32nd Virginia Infantry and served on the Penin sula under General Magruder. Transferring to staff in the spring of 1862, he was assigned to McLaws' division as assistant adjutant general. He served under the latter and his successor, J. B. Kershaw, through all the campaigns of the 1st Corps, and was on numerous occasions commended for gallantry and fidelity. In the temporary absence, due to wounds, of General James Conner, Goggin commanded the latter's brigade at the battle of Cedar Creek, and was appointed brigadier general to rank from December 4, 1864. The records exhibit that the appointment was subsequently cancelled, however, and it would appear that he returned to staff duty with General Kershaw, with whom he was captured at Sayler's Creek on April 6, 1865. Following the war he returned to Texas. He resided for a time in Waller County, and later at Austin, where he died, October 10, 1889, and where he is buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.