Civil War Bullet Dodger Hardeman Giddens Finally Catches One in 1887

Found an article in the Columbus Enquirer-Sun about the shooting of Hardeman Giddens that complements a previous finding  in the Valdosta Times.

Hardeman Giddens survived the Civil War unscathed, but on December 25, 1887  while attending a Christmas party he was shot by John Newbern.

Columbus Enquirer-Sun, Jan 5, 1887 –page 3
Christmas night there was a dance at Harris Gaskin’s in the southeastern portion of Berrien County. Quite a crowd were in attendance. Some time while the dancing was in progress John Ashley Newbern who, with others, was outside of the house, began firing his pistol. Hard Giddins asked him to cease firing, and attempted to take the pistol from him. Three shots were fired and the third one struck Mr. Giddins in the left side and ranged around and lodged in the right side. The wound is not dangerous. 

The Valdosta Times Saturday, January 8, 1887
A Good Soldier.
Mr. Hardy Giddens, of this county, went into the army at the commencement of the war and fought through till the close. In the Battle of Chickamauga his clothing was torn in twenty-seven places by bullets, only two of which touched his flesh, cutting the skin on the left hip and grazing the little finger on the left hand. One bullet cut  a shoe-string in two, another burst his canteen, one cut his cartridge belt in two, one tore the leaf of his cap off and one cut the breach of his gun in two while shooting. His regiment, the Twenty-Ninth, Georgia, went into the fight with about 700 men and came out with twenty-seven. His company, Company K, were all killed, wounded and captured, except one and his clothing was riddled with bullets. Mr. Giddens is now 46 years old, is hale and hardy, and is one of Berrien’s solid farmers.
-Alapaha Star.

We learn that since the above started on the rounds, Mr. Giddens has fallen a victim at last to a bullet fired by some one at a country frolic in Berrien County.

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