Lemuel Smith Hardin (1841-1909)
I have just come across the letter that his mother, Sarah Ellen Smith Hardin, wrote to Abraham Lincoln asking him to pardon her son, Lemuel.Lemuel joined the Confederate Army, as opposed to his brother, Martin Davis Hardin, who became a General in the Union Armny.Lemuel rode in John Hunt Morgan's Cavalry and was wounded in battle, losing his left arm.He escaped to Canada and was there when his mother wrote to the President.He later was pardoned by Congress after the war and after he swore allegience to the U.S. and practiced law in Louisville, Kentucky.
I am willing to help anyone searching for information about this branch of the Harding family. Lineage: Martin D. Hardin (1780-1823), son of John Hardin (1753-1792). John J. Hardin (1810-1847), son of Martin D. Hardin and father of Lemuel and Martin Davis Hardin.