(1753–92) Revolutionary army officer, born in Fauquier County, Virginia. Hardin, who had learned Indian tracking and woodland skills and was a proficient marksman, fought at Saratoga (1777), where he won the praise of Gen. Horatio Gates. He foraged against British supply lines during the winter of 1777–78 at Valley Forge. Hardin left the Continental army in 1779, but returned to service in 1786 to take part in an expedition against the Indians in Indiana, and for the remainder of his life continued to be active in Indian raids. He was murdered by ostensibly friendly Indians while on a mission to negotiate a peace treaty.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.