William J. Hagin of Richmond Hill, GA is President
of the Descendants of Pt. Lookout Prisoner of War Organization.
He and his wife are defenders of our Southern Heritage, not backing
down in the face of controversy . Our organization is an historical,
patriotic, educational, memorial, unreconstructed, unapologetic,
heritage association that is not affiliated with any other organization.
Its purpose is to pay homage to Confederate ancestors: military
and civilian, men and women, of all races who were POWs at Point
Lookout, Maryland 1863-1865.
William is passionate about our ancestors who
suffered and died at Pt. Lookout. He has done extensive travels
as a member of our
Speakers Bureau , co-chairs our Missing Names Project and is an
active member of our Lee's Miserables POW Re-enactor Unit .
William is married to the lovely Lori E. Hagin and he has two
adult sons. He served in the GA State Militia for six years and
has been working at his current job for the past thirty years.
William is very active in the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Presently,
he is Commander of the Immortal Six Hundred Camp #2600 out of Richmond Hill, GA. He is an
active member of the East Georgia League of the South. Although raised as a Lutheran, he often
travels to Waycross, GA to attend Freedom Baptist Church where John Weaver is the pastor.
William's GA and FL ancestry includes the lines
of Marion, McElveen, Cone, Maner, Warnock, Hagin, Groover, Gnann,
Exley, Wise, and Warnell.
His Pt. Lookout ancestor is Cpl. Jesse Kittles Warnock, Co. H,
7th GA Cav. who was captured at Trevilian Station, VA on June 11,
1864. He perished at Pt. Lookout on July 9, 1864. His name is not
on the Pt. Lookout Cemetery Monument. His other Pt. Lookout ancestor
is Sgt. Andrew Jackson Cone, Co. I, 18th GA Inf. who was captured
VA on October 19,1864. He survived Pt. Lookout. Sgt.
a description of Pt. Lookout Prison Camp in the Confederate Veteran
Magazine, Jan. 1912, pg. 524.
Remember the movie “The Patriot” … The Maner
family owned land from St.Peter's Parish in Black Swamp, SC to
Screven County GA. Two Maner brothers, William and Samuel, served
as Captains under General Francis Marion, The Swamp Fox, and it
was Maner land where the meeting took place as the men returned
to re-group that night in the swamp! Also, remember the scene where
the town people met in the church and it was later burned down?
The preacher was Rev. William Cone known as the “Fighting
Pastor,” … William’s 5th great grandfather! His
family’s patriot blood is dripping with courage and honor.
"In the cotton fields of Georgia"