Stidham, George W. (1818–1888)

By: Bruce Allardice

Type: Biography

Published: April 15, 2011

Updated: July 29, 2011

George W. Stidham, farmer and Confederate army officer, was born on September 8, 1818, in Lexington County, South Carolina, the son of Zachariah and Jane Stidham. About 1839 he married Georgia-born Martha George. The couple had eight children. In 1860 he owned an extensive farm in Smith County, Texas.

In December 1863 Stidham served as a lieutenant colonel for the First Texas State Cavalry Regiment. This unit served briefly along the Texas-New Mexico border before disbanding in January 1864. Although of advanced age, Stidham enlisted as a private in Bourland's Texas Cavalry, a home/frontier guard unit.

After the war, Stidham farmed in Smith County until his death on Dec. 26, 1888. He is buried in Hopewell Cemetery, Swan, Smith County.

Bruce S. Allardice, Confederate Colonels: A Biographical Register (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2008).

Time Periods:

  • Civil War

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Bruce Allardice, “Stidham, George W.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 24, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 15, 2011
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