Hardeman County was named for Thomas Hardeman, a War of 1812 veteran and a pioneer of young America’s frontier. He served as the county’s first clerk and helped to shape the county that would bear his name.
Hardeman and other early settlers created towns and settlements that eventually stretched over 650 square miles. They quickly established churches and schools and added businesses and farms to the fabric of the county.
The nearby Hatchie River had long been a waterway used by the Chickasaw Indians, and many of the county’s towns were settled on or near the waterway that led them to the Mississippi River. This river and the railroads became a prize to be won—and controlled—during the Civil War.
Highlights of Hardeman County:
• The majority of the images were donated by Hardeman County residents, along with the stories that go with each photo.
• The book covers a variety of topics in the county’s history from early settlers to championship sports teams to the religious roots in the county.
• Hardeman County is home to what is often referred to as one of the most pristine Civil War battlefield sites in the United States, at the Davis Bridge Battlefield site.
Author Lisa C. Coleman has selected images from dozens of families and organizations throughout the county in an effort to preserve these shared memories of Hardeman County. Coleman, a photographer and historical preservationist, is active in several county historical and genealogical societies and traces some of her family roots back to some of those early county settlers.
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