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[237] State and of Louisiana. At the opening of the Red river campaign of 1864, Colonel Hardeman led his regiment in Bagby's brigade of the cavalry division of General Major, which reached Mansfield, April 6th, and in this capacity had a conspicuous part in the battle of April 8th, as well as at Pleasant Hill, April 9th. In the subsequent pursuit of Banks, the exploits of the cavalry were brilliant and successful. On October 28, 1864, Gen. Kirby Smith earnestly recommended Colonel Hardeman for promotion to the rank of brigadier-general, mentioning him, with Debray and Lane, as the best brigade commanders in the Trans-Mississippi department. In a letter written December 23d, Adjutant-General Cooper stated to General Smith that President Davis had nominated W. P. Hardeman, J. E. Harrison and W. P. Lane as brigadiergen-erals. After the close of the war General Hardeman returned to peaceful pursuits, making his home at Austin, Texas.


Brigadier-General James E. Harrison

Many persons who are familiar with the great, decisive campaigns of the civil war, have but a faint conception of the deeds of the many heroic spirits who endured privations, went on long marches, and fought desperate and brilliant battles, that are not even barely mentioned in the popular histories of those stirring times. Yet the exploits of these heroes kept many of the enemy employed who would otherwise have swelled the immense armies that on other fields were moving against the vital points of the Confederacy. The bold infantry, horsemen and artillerists, who made the country so hot that the Union soldiers could not venture from their fortified posts, by their activity held large districts of country and kept them almost free from the presence of the enemy. Such was especially the case in Louisiana, Texas and western Arkansas. James E. Harrison, of Texas, was one of these daring men who were ready to risk everything for the cause of

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