Traditional Stories

HARDMAN

GEORGE WASHINGTON HARDMAN

George Washington Hardman and his brother, Thomas, who lived in Roane County, were sympathizers with the South. James and Benjamin were sympathizers with the North. They got into a disagreement over the Civil War and didn't visit or speak until James's funeral in Ritchie County.

George W. Hardman was made a prisoner and led off on foot by officers mounted on his own horses by way of Harrisville and Glenville to Camp Chase, Ohio. Women of the Northern cause, who had been helped by him, rebelled because of his imprisonment and sent a petition urging that he be sent home, so he was sent home and the guard met with him on sealed order. When they got home the lieutenant broke the sealed order which directed the arrest of his captors who had taken him prisoner. A search of the neighboring communities did not find the infantry.

A Yankee company of almost one hundred men at about the noon hour, appeared on the graveyard point, opposite the residence (about three miles from Grantsville on Route 5, now Hardman Road, on bend of the river), and the captain of the company halted his men and ordered them to trim their guns with bayonets and this done, to charge, and this they did and found only grandmother (Rachel Goff Hardman) and the younger children, who witnessed this. The officer ordered his men to stack arms and found no men so gave orders to prepare dinner for company. Grandmother agreed if they wouldn't hurt the children. So she and her daughters fed the one hundred soldiers. They then ransacked the house and carried off every item they could use.

Source: History of the Hardman Family, by Paul Hardman.


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