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William J. Hardee

Date of Birth:      October 12, 1815
Hometown:         Camden County, GA
Education:           West Point, 1838
Final Wartime Rank:    Lieutenant General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     November 6, 1873
Place of Death:    Wytheville, VA
Buried At:           Selma, AL

Major Battles:        Shiloh, Bragg's 1862 Kentucky Campaign, Stones River, Chattanooga Campaign, Atlanta Campaign, Carolinas Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Nicknamed "Old Reliable," Hardee graduated with the class of 1838, from West Point.  He would be brevetted twice, for bravery, during the Mexican War.  A brilliant tactician, he would write the book, "Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics."  Immediately, resigning his lieutenant colonelcy, when Georgia seceded, Hardee would be appointed brigadier general, in the Confederate Army, in June 1861, followed by a promotion, to major general in October, of the same year.  Originally sent west, he would organize a brigade, in Arkansas, before he was ordered to Mississippi, to join forces with Albert Sidney Johnston.  He would lead the 3rd Corps, at Shiloh.  Promoted lieutenant general, in October 1862, Hardee would lead an army wing at Stones River.  At Chattanooga, he would command another army corps.  He would continue in corps command during the Atlanta, and Carolinas campaigns.  Considered one of the better corps commanders, he would retire to his farm in Selma, AL.

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