Joseph Lewis Hogg

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Joseph Lewis Hogg was born in Morgan County, Georgia, on September 13, 1806. At the age of twelve he moved with his parents to Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.  There he lived the life of a well-to-do planter until 1839, when he moved to Texas. He had meantime studied law, taken an interest in politics, and served in the militia. Soon elected to the eighth congress of the Texas Republic, Hogg served in the Mexican War as a private, after which he was elected to the state senate from Cherokee County, Texas, where he had settled and was practicing law. During the 1850's he actively sponsored railroad building in his adopted state, and by 1860 had attained a position of substantial prominence. Elected to the secession convention the following year, he cast his ballot to take Texas out of the Union, and was shortly occupied in organizing troops with commission of colonel from the governor. Appointed a brigadier general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States on February 14, 1862, Hogg and his command were ordered to Corinth soon after the battle of Shiloh. Arriving there early in May 1862, he soon fell a victim to the dysentery then raging in Beauregard's camp; he died on May 16. It is stated that he never had opportunity to don a Confederate uniform, so rapidly was he stricken. First buried near Mount Holly School House, his remains were moved in 1918 to the Confederate Cemetery at Corinth. His son, James Stephen Hogg, was governor of Texas from 1892 to 1896.

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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.