|Birth: ||Feb. 12, 1834|
|Death: ||Mar. 24, 1885|
Hall's History of Colorado
Vol. 2, Page 133
GEORGE H. HARDIN
George H. Hardin was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 12, 1834, a son of Captain S. W. Hardin. He finished his education, having taken a collegiate course, studying engineering. He was employed as an engineer on the Rock Island R. R. for 4 years.
Coming to Denver in the spring of 1859, he went the following fall to Leavenworth, Kansas, and returned to Denver in the spring of 1860. He resided 3 years in Nevada City*, engaged in mining and while there enlisted in Company G, 1st Regiment Colorado Volunteers. A few days thereafter he was commissioned orderly sergeant of his company and in October following was sent to Denver and stationed at Camp Weld. Two months later he was promoted to second lieutenant. In February his regiment received orders to proceed to New Mexico [Territory] and join the forces of General Canby [possibly Edward R.], the latter having had an engagement with the Texas rangers at Valverde and, being repulsed, had fallen back to Fort Craig [New Mexico Territory]. In February 1862 it left for Fort Union, making forced marches to its destination, where a battalion of regular infantry and artillery was joined and all started for Santa Fe, which was in possession of the Texans.
On March 27 they had a fight at Glorietta and again on March 28 met the enemy in Apache Canon where a brisk engagement ensued. Lt. Hardin, with a portion of his own company and part of Company C, was assigned a position in support of Captain Ritter's battery (regular Army) and held the same with 40 men against 300 Texans. The next day he was promoted to first lieutenant for gallant and meritorious conduct on the field.
After the engagement, the Union forces fell back 6 miles where they were joined by Colonel Chivington and the whole command proceeded to Peralto where they met General Canby's forces and had another battle with the enemy. After this, the 1st Colorado Regiment was ordered to Fort Lyon, Colorado, and thence to Fort Larned, Kansas. He returned to Denver January 1, 1863, and went into winter quarters at Camp Weld, thus ending a 10- month's campaign.
The following July, the regiment, under command of Major E. W. Wynkoop, was ordered to North Park to quiet the Indians whom they found had taken a trail through the mountains southward. The wagons were abandoned and pack animals
substituted and the troops started in pursuit, Lt. Hardin in command of his own company. While on this trip he suffered an attack of rheumatism from which he never recovered. The command proceeded through the mountains until Georgia Gulch was reached. After a short rest they returned to Denver about the last of September.
The winter of 1863 was uneventful. In January he was ordered to proceed to Trinidad, thence to Canon City to adjust matters with the Indians. He remained at the latter place until June. At this time the Indians became more hostile, and [as] Fort Lyon [was] calling for help, he was ordered to go there without delay. In August he was ordered to proceed to the Republican River to rescue some white persons who had been taken prisoners.
Company G, then an artillery company commanded by him, with small detachments from other companies (130 men), all under command of Major Wynkoop, started for the scene of the difficulty. They were gone 15 days and their comrades at the fort thought they had all been killed, [but] they returned one morning with five white prisoners, accomplishing the purpose of their trip. He remained on duty at Fort Lyon until November 28th when he was mustered out of service.
With his wife, he went to Chicago and remained East, visiting friends until the spring of 1866 when they returned to Colorado and located at Central City. They lived in Cheyenne 3 years.
In 1870 they went to Greeley, later to Evans and finally to a ranch on the Platte River 18 miles east of Greeley where he died in 1885. The Union Pacific Railroad Company built a depot at his ranch in 1880 and called the station "Hardin."
On December 24, 1862, he married Miss Fannie D. Walthall, a cousin of Senator Walthall of Mississippi. They have one son, Arthur B., who married Miss Minnie De Witt of Buena Vista and lived in Denver with his mother.
Mrs. Fannie Hardin came to Denver in June 1861. She was president of The Pioneer Ladies Aid Society of Colorado for the years 1894, 1899, and 1900. To the old pioneers and soldiers she was known and appreciated for her kindness of heart and many noble traits of character.
Fannie Dodson Walthall Hardin (1844 - 1920)*
Arthur Baron Hardin (1861 - 1926)*
Plot: SW Corner of Block 27
Maintained by: Eugene R. Walthall
Originally Created by: David Ewing
Record added: Nov 11, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22828494
George H. Hardin was born in Massachusetts and died in Hardin, Weld County, Colorado.|
Sally Darby Sauer
Added: Mar. 27, 2009