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A.W. Harman

A.W. Harman

Confederate (CSA)


Asher Waterman Harman

(1830 - 1895)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 12th Virginia Cavalry

Before Sharpsburg

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


1   Hewett, Janet B., editor, The Roster of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865, 16 Volumes, Wilmington (NC): Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1995-  [AotW citation 298]

2   Frye, Dennis E., 12th Virginia Cavalry, Lynchburg (Va.): H.E. Howard, Inc., 1988  [AotW citation 26364]