After John Wesley Hardin was returned to Texas to
serve prison time for the killing of Brown County sheriff’s deputy
Charles Webb in Comanche, his wife, Jane Bowen Hardin, and their three
children, were left behind in Polland, Ala.
Jane needed money to return to Texas, and theoretically, she sold some of Hardin’s possessions, including a 1868 No. 2 model Smith & Wesson .32 caliber pistol [sic].
The handgun turned up on a junk table at a gun show in Georgia in the 1970s, and ultimately wound up in the hands of Seguin [TX] resident and historian Charles F. Eckhardt.
Eckhardt recently lent Hardin’s pistol to the Seguin-Guadalupe County Heritage Museum, and he recently spent two days talking about the man and one of his weapons with curious visitors.