" . . . I will give the names of my best soldier friends who stood by me in the struggle: Capt S L Hardison, Eff Hardison, Orin Cheek, E Journey, John Barham, Same Clymore, J H Clymore, Bill Lee. All soldiers were considered as friends but I believe those mentioned would have divided the last crumb with me, even died for me. I lost some of my best friends in battle: W T Lee, Dick Mills, Van Johnson, James Kinnard, H Cranford. All of those mentioned on this page were my mess mates from time to time. 8 in a mess, as one was lost we would add another." (Historic Maury, Vol 13, 1977 p 167 - Hardison & Allied Families by Fred L Hawkins & Dorothy Westmoreland Gilliam, Columbia, TN 1922 p 250)
"General: My scouts on the Shelbyville road have reported that they ran on to a small squad of the enemy, supposed to be Sam Hardison's guerrilla band. . . The country is full of guerrillas. . . Very Respectfully, Horace Capron, Col . . . " (The War of the Rebellion, Official Records, Seires I, Vol 45, Part I p 1097 - Hardison & Allied Families by Fred L Hawkins & Dorothy Westmoreland Gilliam, Columbia, TN 1922 p250)
1st Sergt David M Hardison, shot at Shiloh, flesh of right arm; captured 6/20/1864; remained in prison till end of war; living on the county line of Marshall, 1 mile west of Berlin. Co G opened fight at Shiloh, about sunrise on Sunday morning. All casualties at the time except Dave Hardison later. Eight men died in line and sixteen wounded in first fire before the riflemen fired a shot. (Hitory of Maury Co, TN, Frank H Smith, 1969, pp 269, 273,274 - Hardison & Allied Families by Fred L Hawkins & Dorothy Westmoreland Gilliam, Columbia, TN 1922 p268)
The Riflemen at Shiloh
In the battle of Shiloh, April 6th and 7th, 1862, Capt. Billington commanded the company, and Lieutenant Colonel Peebles commanded the Regimen.
George G. Daimwood was wounded in the thigh. Sert. David M. Hardison received a flesh wound in the right arm. Martin V. Hardison was wounded in the arm.
Edom Edward was shot through the chest and lay on the battlefield from early Sunday morning until Monday night; the litter corps though his sound so certainly mortal that they would not bring him in. Monday night he was put in a wagon and carried to the field hospital, where Dr. Hutton said it would be a waste of time to even dress his wound when there were so many others needing care that had a chance of life. He laid out in the rain all that night, and Wednesday morning Dr. Sam Hardison (now a banker at Lewisburg) began attending him by drawing a silk handkerchief entirely through the wound from front to back. Edwards never fully recovered, but was discharged and died many years after the war at Joe Allens on Bear Creek. (Information from: Duck River Riflemen - Maury Co, TN)
Had No Money The pay roll shows that the soldiers were about four months in arrears for pay. The privates were due eleven dollars a month, in confederate money, that was then greatly depreciated, the United States soldiers were paid thirteen dollars and later sixteen in green backs. There were five, R. D. Clark, John H. Derryberry, George W. Hardison, B. F. Roberts, and H. D. P. Hogan, who were in hospital, and entitled to commutation for clothing, averaging about one hundred and twenty dollars each. (Information from: Duck River Riflemen - Maury Co, TN)
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