General William Joseph Hardee

 

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William Joseph Hardee

Biography (Written and Submitted by Mr. Gabe Weaver)

William Joseph Hardee was born on October 12, 1815 in Camden County, Georgia. William Hardee attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1838. In March of 1861 Hardee was a Colonel in the Cavalry of the Confederacy, and was promoted to Brigadier-General three months later. He was then sent to Arkansas in an effort to recruit men from the Ozarks. General Hardee was then promoted to Major-General and was sent to Kentucky in October 1861. General Hardee also led a Corps at the Battle of Shiloh in an attempt to counter-attack the Union Army after taking Forts Henry and Donelson. General Hardee was wounded while leading his Corps. After recovering General Hardee was then sent to Kentucky and would command the Confederate left at the Battle of Perryville. After the battle Hardee was promoted to Lieutenant-General. General Hardee was then transferred to Mississippi under the command of General Joseph E. Johnston, but would return to General Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee a few months later. General Hardee took over the corps formally commanded by General Leonidas Polk. Hardee led his corps at the Battle of Chattanooga through the Atlanta Campaign.

General William Hardee

General William Hardee

 

General Hardee was then put in charge of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and would try to slow General Sherman's March to the Sea by delaying Sherman at Savannah. Hardee then withdrew to Charleston, but General Sherman bypassed the city. Hardee then joined up with General Joseph E. Johnston and fought at the Battle of Bentonville. On April 26, 1865 General Hardee surrendered his three divisions. Lieutenant-General William Joseph Hardee died in Wytheville, Virginia on November 6,1873.

Many thanks to Mr. Gabe Weaver for Writing and Submitting this Biography.

 

 

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