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Richard James HardingRoster ID 1079
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|Affiliation:||Class of 1862|
|Biography & Genealogy:||Harding Richard James, Class of 1862. Born- April 24, 1842. Moved to Tx with family around 1852. Returned to Va for college. Matriculated from Richmond, Va. At VMI 1 and 1/2 years. Dismissed from VMI for neglect of duty. Living in Moscow, Tx 1861. Military Record: Enlisted for 1 year April 29, 1861 in Livingston, TX as Private, Company B, 1st Texas Infantry; 1st Sgt. Elected 1st Lt October 10, 1861. Elected Captain May 16, 1862. Arrested and fined 1 month's pay for "accidentally" deserting his command on the march summer of 1862. Slightly wounded in action July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg. Commanded regiment at Chickamagua. Seems to have been the man who turned Gen R.E. Lee's horse to the rear May 6, 1864 in the Wilderness. Severly wounded in action (right shoulder) June 7, 1864 at Cold Harbor. In hospital until retired by medical board November 9, 1864. Meanwhile appointed Major October 27, 1864 (date of rank January 5)and Lt Col October 27, 1864 (date of rank July 15). Signed parole June 16, 1865 in Alexandria, La. Post War Career: Public official. To Jackson, Ms 1890. Sheriff and county tax collector, Hinds County, Ms. Officer Hood's Tx Brigade Assistant. Married (probably second wife) Sally Johnston. Died- September 21, 1917 in Jackson, Ms. Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson.|