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James Howard Huggins
August 22, 1828 - March 1, 1900
Franklin, N.C. - Lula, Ga.

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He was born of Scotch-Irish parents in Macon County, North Carolina, August 22, 1828.

At the age of nineteen years he was married to Miss Mary Jones in Union County, Georgia. Mary Jones (3/19/1824 - 3/20/1900) was originally from Asheville, N.C., They had five children according to the 1860 census

From the Young Cane Militia District,Union County, Ga., he was sent to serve in the Georgia legislature. He continued to serve in the Georgia General Assembly before and during the war.

Prior to the war and during the gold fever in 1852, he spent two years in California and returned with a goodly sum of gold.

He owned no slaves according to the 1850 and 1860 slave census.

He was a member of the Georgia convention which decided for secession.
He and his fellow Union County Delegate J.P. Wellborn voted against secession but signed the Ordinance of Secession.

To see the entire proceedings of the Convention

When the Civil War broke out
he entered the confederate service as captain of the "Young Cane Volunteers," Co. K, 23rd G.V.I.R. and he was rapidly promoted to lieutenant colonel and then to colonel commanding the 23rd Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

At the close of the war he was next in command to General Colquitt. He was a gallant soldier and distinguished himself in several battles. At the Battle of Olustee, by his prudence, strategy and forethought, he saved the day. He was wounded during the war. He was also a P.O.W. before being exchanged.

Read about the 23rd Regiment's war record in in Huggins own words.

Read letters from during the war mentioning Huggins.

When peace was restored the colonel went to Athens and engaged in business as a merchant as " James H. Huggins", later "Huggins and Son" and then he left to enter business at Lula, Ga., in 1884.

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Note "s" is missing.
An advertisement in "
The Southron," Gainesville, Ga. - 1879

He was a Compatriot of the United Confederate Veterans.

He died on March 1, 1900 on the family farm in Lula, Ga. His wife Mary died 19 days later on March 20th. They are buried in Oconee Hill Cemetery, Athens, Georgia. His grave marker has a Masonic symbol on it and his grave is also marked with an iron Confederate Cross of Honor.

See his obituary here.


There is no known photograph of James Huggins. He has been confused with John Hudgins [sic] of Blairsville, Ga. who owned two slaves and another James Huggins from Tennessee.

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