On Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. the community was invited to the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum, 27 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine, for a presentation by James Huffstodt, who performed in costume as a Hardin intimate recalling his life during a visit to Tallahassee following the General’s 1923 funeral in St. Augustine.
General Hardin was a protégé of President Abraham Lincoln, son of Lincoln’s good friend killed in the Mexican War, Gettysburg veteran, Roman Catholic convert, defender of Washington during the 1864 Confederate Raid, and a 40-year winter resident of St. Augustine where he lies today in the National Cemetery.
His widow, Amelia Hardin, refurbished and dedicated the historic chapel of Our Lady of La Leche to his memory in 1925. General Hardin’s step-brother, Father Clarence Walworth of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., was a missionary priest, author and donor of the sun dial affixed to the front wall of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Come and learn more about the life of this distinguished general and his connection to our ancient city and the historic chapel of Our Lady of La Leche.
First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with the author of this remarkable book, James Huffstodt.