Our Infamous History
Milledge Luke Bonham (1862-1864) immediately followed his fellow townsmen, Pickens, to the office of Governor after rendering brilliant service at Manassas.
Primarily a military man, he had served on the staff of General Bull in the Seminole War, and in 1846 in the Mexican War. In 1857 he succeeded Preston Brooks in Congress but withdrew when South Carolina seceeded in 1860. After his term as governor, he returned to the army in 1864, still valiant in a failing cause. 1876 found him active in the Red Shirts, ridding the state of Radical rule. His home between Edgefield and Trenton is now the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Douglass Wise; but he also lived for a time following the war in the home in Edgefield, now the residence of Mrs. T.H. Rainsford.