Interior of the Sandor Teszler Library

James C. Dozier Papers

Dozier, James C.
Papers, 1918-1974
.5 cubic feet

Biographical note: James C. Dozier was a native of Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, born on February 17, 1885. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1904, and later, Dozier enrolled as a freshman at Wofford in 1915. He left Wofford in 1916 to go with the South Carolina National Guard to serve on the Mexican border. He went overseas as a first lieutenant with Companies H and G of the 118th Infantry, 30th Division, where he had a distinguished record of service. For his actions on October 8, 1918, near Montbrehain, France, he received the Medal of Honor. Returning to South Carolina, he became involved in business in Rock Hill, where his family had moved, and continued his service in the National Guard. He reorganized a unit and became its captain, and a year later, was promoted major. In 1926, Governor Thomas G. McLeod appointed him as the state’s adjutant and inspector general, to fill an unexpired term, and he was elected to a full term later that year. He was re-elected every four years until 1958, when he retired. General Dozier retired in 1959, and died on Oct. 24, 1974.

Organization note: Folder containing assorted documents, such as a 1934 biographical article about General Dozier, a list of his medals, an invitation to presidential inaugural activities, and pamphlets; Folder containing newspaper clippings between 1946 and 1985; Folder containing photographs of General Dozier, including military photographs and portraits; Folder of photographs signed and given to General Dozier

Access note: Unrestricted

Scope and Content Note The collection contains materials that document the life of General James C. Dozier,

Citation: Cite as: Papers of James C. Dozier, Archives, Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College

Location: Archives, Sandor Teszler Library, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC 29303

Related material: Wofford College Military File

Administrative notes: Donated by James Charles and Betty C. Dozier, August 21, 2007.  Arranged June 25, 2008 by Hilary Phillips. 

Finding Aid:

1. Folder containing administrative documents:
• Copy of correspondence between Betty C. Dozier and President Benjamin Dunlap of Wofford College concerning donation by Dozier family to Wofford archives.
• Copies of correspondence between Betty C. Dozier and Major Richard Webb, Wofford College with attachments of copies of articles regarding General Dozier's association with Wofford College.

2. Folder containing assorted documents that include:
• Excerpt taken from "The History of South Carolina Biographical Volume, The American Historical Society, Inc., New York, 1934 on the family and military background of General James C. Dozier.
• List of medals won by General Dozier (two lists attached of medals).
• Medal of Honor Citation taken from website homeoftheheroes.com.
• South Carolina Veteran - October 1946 "The New South Carolina National Guard."
• Photograph of General Dozier and President Truman, South Carolina, 72nd General Conference, 1950.
• Copy of South Carolina General Assembly promotion to Lieutenant General (ret) in 1959 including photographs with Governor Hollings.
• "Dedication: Dozier Guards, National Guard Armory, Bamberg County, Bamber, SC." Program dated November 13, 1959.
• Original invitation from the Inaugural Committee, 1965 inviting General Dozier to attend reception with President John F. Kennedy where recipients of the Medal of Honor were honored.
• Photograph of General Dozier with President John F. Kennedy.
• ETV Guide cover, July 1968.
• Dozier Guards, Bamberg SC 25th Anniversary Program - May 1972.

3. Folder containing newspaper clippings:
• The State, Columbia, SC, June 20, 1946 "Admiral Nimitz Arrives at Airport"
• The Columbia Record, Columbia, SC, September 12, 1946 "Generals Discuss SC Air Wing."
• Copy of The Palmetto Guardsman, January 1959. "General Dozier Retires."
• The State Newspaper, Columbia, South Carolina, January 16, 1959. Article and photograph of General Dozier regarding National Guard Association Ball honoring Dozier.
• The State Newspaper, Columbia, South Carolina, October 11, 1962 "Columbia Man Reflects on Act Which Led to Medal of Honor."
• The State Newspaper, Columbia, South Carolina, December 25, 1966 - "Noel for a Soldier."
• The State Newspaper, Columbia, South Carolina, May 19, 1967. Medal of Honor winners - photo of Dozier.
• The State Newspaper, Columbia, South Carolina, September 13, 1973 -"Medal of Honor Plaque Unveiled at Fort Jackson."
• The State Newspaper, Columbia, South Carolina, October 25, 1974. Obituary of General James C. Dozier.
• The York Observer, York County, December 15, 1985. "Heroism Made Dozier York's Most-Decorated Soldier."
• Misc. newspaper articles, no dates shown:
Educational TV Series Features Public Affairs with photo of Dozier
Photo of Dozier at Columbia, SC USD
"Surprise Reception Honors General Dozier"
"3rd Star Presented to General Dozier"
"Dozier Signs Armed Forces Day Proclamation"
"Major General Jas. Dozier Will Offer for Re-Election; Served Post 28 Yrs."
"Third Army Commander Visits SC National Guard Troops"
"Candidates in Rock Hill"
"Outstanding Service"
Portrait Presentation

4. Folder containing photographs of General Dozier:
• Various photographs of General Dozier (eleven are originals).
• Photograph of General Dozier's Army Company 8th, 118th Infantry taken at Camp Sevier, South Carolina. This has been restored from a damaged original.

5. Folder containing photographs of important political figures:
• President Franklin Roosevelt (dedicated to Gen. Dozier and signed)
• President Harry Truman (dedicated to Gen. Dozier and signed)
• Admiral Nimitz (dedicated to Gen. Dozier and signed)
• Winston Churchill and General Dozier (not signed)
• James Byrnes (dedicated to Gen. Dozier and signed)

6. Election poster, undated

7. Congressional Record Proceedings and Debates of the 93rd Congress, Second Session, Volume 120, No. 159. Monday, November 18, 1974.

8. Framed citation. The Army War College, United States Army presented to Brig. General James C. Dozier for the year 1929.

9. Two framed documents appointing General Dozier as Lieutenant General, March 25, 1959 by Governor Fritz Hollings.

10. DVD on which all items above have been scanned with the exception of the two framed citations from the National Guard Association of the United States, and the National Guard Association of South Carolina, copy of portrait of General Dozier and photograph of his company at Camp Sevier.

11. Large picture of portrait of General Dozier. (In photo cabinet)

12. One original citation for Distinguished Service Medal awarded to General Dozier by the National Guard Association of the United States. (In photo cabinet)

13. One original citation for Distinguished Service Medal awarded to General Dozier by the National Guard Association of South Carolina. (in photo cabinet)