(1830 - 1895)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Cavalry
Unit: 12th Virginia Cavalry
Owner with his 4 brothers of a stage line in Southwest Virginia before the war, he enrolled as Captain of the "Staunton Rifles" - Company G, 5th Virginia Infantry - on 28 April 1861. He was detailed as a CSA Quartermaster at Staunton in January 1862 and promoted to Major in February. He was elected Colonel of the 12th Virginia Cavalry at its organization on 2 July 1862 to date from 21 June.
On the Campaign
He commanded the regiment in Maryland.
The rest of the War
We was wounded at Brandy Station, VA on 9 June 1863 and he was captured at Bolivar Heights near Harpers Ferry, VA (on the Gettysburg Campaign) on 14 July 1863 by members of the 1st Connecticut Cavalry. He was briefly at Fort McHenry, MD, then sent to Fort Delaware on 20 July and on to Johnson's Island, OH on 27 July 1863. He was transferred to Fortress Monroe, VA on 27 January 1865 for exchange. His name appears on a list of officers paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April and his signature is on a parole dated 30 April 1865 at Staunton, VA. He took the amnesty oath at Warrenton, VA on 17 June 1865.
After the War
He was in the railroad business with his brothers at Staunton, VA.
References & notes
His basic service from Hewett's Roster1, Frye2, and his Compiled Service Records via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, at least one of whom has his birthplace as Waynesboro, VA. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his photograph, contributed by Li Hartman.
He married Virginia Callaghan (1832-1908) in December 1852. They had 5 children before the war and two after.
He was one of 5 brothers who were all Confederate officers. The youngest, Thomas, died of Typhoid fever in September 1861; the same illness that killed Asher in 1895.
01/24/1830; Staunton, VA
04/09/1895; Richmond, VA; burial in Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, VA