William J. Hardee (1815 – 1873) graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1838. He served in Florida during the Second Seminole War and was a veteran of the Mexican War. Hardee published Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics for the Exercise and Manoeuvres of Troops When Acting as Light Infantry or Riflemen, popularly known as Hardee’s Tactics, which became the best-known drill manual of the Civil War for both North and South commanders. During the Civil War, Hardee served in the Confederate army and achieved the rank of Lieutenant General. Notable battles include: Shiloh, Stones River, and Chattanooga.
William J. Hardee is buried in the beautiful Old Live Oak Cemetery at Selma. This cemetery is located beside Dallas Avenue approximately 0.7 mile west of downtown Selma. (GPS coordinates: 32.405346,-87.0313). Tour maps of the cemetery are available at the Selma Welcome Center located at downtown Selma on Broad Street.