William Polk "Gotch" Hardeman

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William Polk "Gotch" Hardeman was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, November 4, 1816, and moved to Texas in 1835. He took part in the War for Texas Independence, and later in the Mexican War under Ben McCulloch. As a captain of the 4th Texas Cavalry, his first Confederate service was in General H. H. Sibley's expedition into New Mexico, where he was present at Valverde and was commended by his superior. He was subsequently promoted lieutenant colonel and, in the latter part of 1862, colonel of his regiment. In the Red River campaign of 1864 Hardeman led his command at Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, and during the subsequent pursuit of Banks. Upon the recommendation of Kirby Smith, he was promoted brigadier general to rank from March 17, 1865. After the close of hostilities General Hardeman was until 1874 a planter; he then served as assistant sergeant-at-arms of the Texas house of representatives; as inspector of railroads; and, during the last years of his life, as superintendent of public buildings and grounds, a post that included supervision of the Texas Confederate Soldiers' Home. He died in Austin, April 8, 1898, and is buried in the State Cemetery there.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.