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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
descent, who was a signer of the Mecklenberg
Declaration of Independence in North Carolina.
The Hardemans were of Welsh origin. The blood
of Wales and Ireland thus mingling in the veins of
William P. Hardeman, it is not strange that an
ardent love for independence and a hatred of
oppression, in every form, should have marked his
His father reached Texas with his family in 1835,
just at the time when the colonists were preparing
for unequal war with Mexico. Burleson Milam,
Frank Johnson, and others, had determined to
capture the garrison at San Antonio. Their followers
were the frontier hnnters and almost their
sponded with alacrity by volunteering, and started
for San Antonio with twenty-one men. His
father demanded that his name should be entered
in the muster roll as a volunteer and it was so
written. Houston, who had heard from the servant
of Travis of the massacre at the Alamo, fell back
from Gonzales. Hardeman, with the little band of
twenty-one men, was not so fortunate, for, knowing
neither the fate of Travis nor the retreat of
Houston, they rode in upon the Mexican pickets
and narrowly escaped capture. The horses were
exhausted by forced marches to reach the Alamo
and Capt. Dimmit, who was in command, ordered
them to abandon their horses, which they did, and
(GEN. '31. 1'. HAR)DEMAN.
only weapons were the hunter's rifle. Artillery
was especially needed, and W. P. Hlardeman, then
but nineteen years old, accompanied bis uncle,
Bailey Hardeman, and a few neighbors to Dimmit's
landing, below the mouth of the Lavaca river, and
procured an eighteen pound cannon, wlich had
been brought on a schooner from Matagorda Pass.
On the march the force was increased to seventyfive
men, among whom were twenty men known as
the Mobile Grays. Marching rapidly with this
piece of artillery to San Antonio, the news of the
approaching reinforcement reached Gen. Cos in
advance and precipitated his surrender, which
occurred before the artillery arrived.
In the spring of 1836, when Travis, hemmed in
with his men, appealed from the Alamo for help,
young Hardeman, then not twenty years old, reretreated
on foot down the Guadalupe, marching
four days without food. On their return, Bailey
Har(emsan, who was a member of President Burnet's
cabinet, ordered W. P. Hardeman back from
Harrisburg to Matagorda County, with a commission
for J.ohn Bowman to raise a company, and to
remain in the county. On his arrival he found but
four men in that county, among whom was one who
had just escaped the Fannin massacre. The trip
was one of exposure and hardship; no shelter, no
food, except such as he carried in his saddlebags.
Swimming the San Bernard river and sleeping, wet
and uncovered on the prairie at night, he at last
reached Harrisburg, but sick, exhausted and unable
to accompany his brother, Munroe Hardeman, with
the army. In 1837 he ranged the frontier with
Deaf Smith four months. On the 22d of February,
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