Aaron Bascom Hardcastle

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Col. Aaron Basom Hardcastle, a native of Caroline County Maryland and son of Edward Burke Hardcastle and Mary Ann Lockwood of Delaware, died at his home in Easton Maryland February 10, 1915. He was born in Denton July 5 1836. One brother was the late Capt. Edmund Lafayette Hardcastle a graduate of West Point Military Academy, July 1 1846, who was twice promoted for gallantry in the Mexican War, and another was the late William R Hardcastle, a gallant Confederate soldier.

Colonel Hardcastle entered the United States army from civil life in 1855 and became a second lieutenant in the 6th United States Infantry. During the Utah expedition against the Mormons he served as aide de camp on the staff of Gen Albert Sidney Johnston and accompanied him on his perilous horseback ride from California to Texas to join the Confederate army in the summer of 1861. He recruited a battalion of Mississippians and Alabamians which he commanded with the rank of major.

General Bragg in his special report on the battle of Shiloh says At daylight on Sunday April 6 1862 the order was given to advance. An attack upon the skirmishers in front commanded by Major Hardcastle had been handsomely resisted by that promising young officer and half an hour later the battle was fierce. In Wood's Brigade which distinguished itself in the capture of a battery Hardcastle's Battalion won honor and its brave commander at one time separated from his men seized a musket and joined the 16th Alabama in a charge.

Colonel Hardcastle was one of the original members of the Charles S Winder Camp, UCV at Easton of which Col Oswald Tilghman is Commander.

The Confederate Veteran, January, 1915, vol. 23, p. 325:


born July 5, 1836, Maryland Death: Feb. 10, 1915, Easton, Talbot County, Maryland, USA

Spouse: Alice Hatch Hardcastle (1840 - 1937)

Children: Edmund Lafayette Hardcastle (1867 - 1936) Mary Ann Hardcastle (1870 - 1960)

His brother, Edmund Hardcastle, West Point, class of 1846