DescriptionJohnson Hagood. Documents Relating to Confederate Brigadier General Hagood's Service as Controller General of South Carolina. Eleven documents, including three handwritten and signed letters, dated between July 24, 1877 and April 18, 1879. 1) One-page letter from Hagood, in a secretarial hand, on "Executive Department, Office of the Controller," letterhead, 8" x 10", dated July 27, 1877, to S[amuel]. E. Moore, Treasurer of Anderson County, South Carolina, regarding the payment of expenses associated with assessments currently being made. 2) One-page letter from Hagood, in a secretarial hand, on official letterhead, 8" x 10", dated September 5, 1877, to [Samuel]. E. Moore, informing him of the duty of "County Commissioners to furnish you with office furniture, Stationary, etc." 3) A note by Hagood, in a secretarial hand, 4" x 8", dated August 22, 1877, regarding "opinion of Atty. Genl. in the matter of the Bridge Claims in Anderson Co." 4) One-page handwritten draft, in a secretarial hand, on official letterhead, 8" x 10", dated November 30, 1877, of "Circular No. 19," which stated "The delinquent Land Sales in your County are postponed by action of the Legislature until further notice from this Office." 5) One-page letter, in a secretarial hand, on official letterhead, 8" x 10", dated April 18, 1878, to Samuel E. Moore requesting him "to take the necessary steps to begin the collection of taxes on the 1st Prox." 6) Two-page letter, in a secretarial hand, on official letterhead, 8" x 10", dated May 7, 1878, to S[amuel]. E. Moore, informing him of the provisions of the recently passed "Act to alter & amend the School Law of the State of So. Ca." The pages of this letter are glued together at the bottom. 7) A two-page letter from Samuel E. Moore, on two sides of a 5" x 7.75" sheet, dated March 2 ?, to Hagood regarding instructions on how to deal with an individual who purchased property but refused to pay all of the taxes owed by the previous owner. On back of the letter, Hagood replied in his own hand and signature, dated 6 March 1878. This letter is missing a small piece at the bottom of the, affecting one word of Moore's letter. 8) A one-page form letter, printed in blue script from a secretarial hand, 5 3/8" x 5 3/8", dated December 14, 1878, to the Treasurer of "Anderson" County, regarding levies of the a local railroad company. 9) A five-page printed circular [Circular No. 2. - Series 2.], 5.75" x 9.25", issued by the Office of Comptroller General on January 2, 1879, which summarizes "legislation, at the Session of December, 1878, relating" to duties of the Hagood's office. 10) A one-page letter from Samuel E Moore, 5" x 8", dated February 17, 1879, to Hagood, regarding the turning over to county commissioners individuals who have not paid taxes. On the back of the letter, Hagood, on February 19, 1879, responds in his own hand and signature. 11) A one-page memo, in a secretarial hand, on a 3 3/8" x 8" printed sheet "Memorandum from Johnson Hagood, Comptroller General State of South Carolina," dated April 18, 1879, to an unnamed recipient, stating that "These Petitions are not signed by the applicant."
Johnson Hagood (1829-1898) was born in Barnwell County, South Carolina and attended Richmond Academy in Augusta, Georgia and the South Carolina Military Academy (Citadel) in Charleston, South Carolina. Before he entered politics, Hagood was a planter and served as a brigadier general in the Confederate army. With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Hagood enlisted in the South Carolina Militia and was appointed brigadier general and assistant adjutant general. He was later commissioned as a colonel in the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, and subsequently appointed brigadier general, effective July 21, 1862. An ardent Democrat, Hagood served South Carolina as controller general from 1876 to 1880 and then as governor from 1880 to 1882. He died in Barnwell County.
An interesting group of documents relating to financial affairs in post-Civil War South Carolina and the role played in these activities by a former Confederate officer.
Condition: All documents in the collection, except where noted above, are in good condition.
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