General William Hardee ALS to General Cooper Requesting Appointments for Officers in his Regiment, September 1861

Hardee, William J. (1815-1873). Confederate General during the Civil War. ALS as Brigadier General, "W.J. Hardee," 2pp, 7.375 x 9.25 in., "Hd. Qu. Upper Dist Arkansas, Pitman's Ferry." September 6, 1861. Docketed on verso. Addressed to General Cooper. Letter requests the appointment of Lieutenant John S. Marmaduke to lieutenant colonel, and Lieutenants F.A. Shoup and Charles Phifer to major.

William Joseph Hardee graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1838, and served during the Seminole Wars and the Mexican-American War, earning two brevet promotions before returning to West Point as commandant of cadets, in which position he wrote what would become the standard tactical manual for both sides of the imminent Civil War. Upon Georgia's secession from the Union, Hardee headed south to put his talents to use for the Confederate cause. He was appointed a brigadier general in June of 1861 and promoted to major general in October. 

Hardee was given command of a corps in the Army of Mississippi (later sent to the Army of Tennessee) and participated and led troops through some of the most important battles of the early war, including Shiloh, Perryville, Stones River, and Murfreesboro before being promoted to lieutenant general in October of 1862. His later war resume was no less prominent, including command of troops during the Atlanta Campaign and such battles as Chattanooga, Jonesborough, and Bentonville. Hardee finally surrendered to Sherman on April 26, 1865, having earned the nickname "Old Reliable" throughout his Civil War career.


Letter with two horizontal creases (very light splitting and some discoloration), and some ink bleeding.

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