Johnson Hagood was born on February 21, 1829 at Barnwell, South Carolina After graduation from South Carolina Military Academy in 1847, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1850. He was active in the state militia in ante-bellum days and held in it rank of brigadier general. He was elected colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers in 1861, participated in the reduction of Sumter, and took part in the battle of First Manassas, after which he returned to South Carolina with his regiment, and was promoted brigadier general on July 21, 1862. Part of Hagood's brigade arrived at Petersburg on May 6, 1864, and went into battle against Butler at Walthall's Junction, later fighting at Drewry's Bluff and Cold Harbor, and in the entrenchments until December, when it was ordered to the relief of Fort Fisher. General Hagood's last months in the war were spent attached to the forces under General Joseph E. Johnston, with which Hagood's brigade surrendered at Durham Station, North Carolina. Although he was included in the Sherman-Johnston convention of April 26, 1865, no record of his personal parole has been found. During the reconstruction period he took a prominent part in the restoration of home rule. He was elected comptroller general of South Carolina in 1876 on the Hampton ticket, re-elected in 1878, and elected governor of the state in 1880. He died January 4, 1898, and is buried in the Episcopal Churchyard at Barnwell.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.