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STIDHAM, GEORGE W. (1818–1888). 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).

Bruce Allardice


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

Bruce Allardice, "STIDHAM, GEORGE W.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 24, 2015. Uploaded on April 8, 2011. Modified on August 4, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.