Civil War Confederate Governor of Kentucky. Richard Hawes was the second Confederate governor of Kentucky, after Gov. George Johnson was killed at Shiloh. During the Confederate invasion of Kentucky in the fall of 1862, Hawes was sworn into office on the steps of the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort on October 4, 1862, but Union troop movements forced the Confederate evacuation of Frankfort that same afternoon. Hawes and his government spent the rest of the war in exile. Richard Hawes was the father of Confederate Gen. James M. Hawes.