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A. Herbert

A. Herbert

Confederate (CSA)


Arthur Herbert

(1829 - 1919)

Home State: Virginia

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Arthur Herbert, the great-grandson of John and Sarah Fairfax Carlyle, born in 1828 in the Carlyle House, [Alexandria, Virginia] opened a new business in the now prosperous port town of Alexandria. In 1852 he joined with a partner. John Woolfolk Burke, to establish a private banking house, which they called Burke & Herbert.

He was also active in the local militia as a Lieutenant in the Old Dominion Rifles. When Federal Troops entered Alexandria in May 1861, his and other companies withdrew to Manassas and were mustered in Confederate service as the 17th Virginia Infantry - Herbert by then Captain, Company H, Colonel Corse commanding the Regiment.

On the Campaign

He took command of the 7th Virginia Infantry at some point on the Maryland Campaign at the direction of brigade commander Kemper. By Sharpsburg on 17 September, only 9 officers and 46 men of the 17th remained to fight, and their losses there were 7 killed and 24 wounded (56%). Major Herbert assumed command of his regiment after Colonel Corse was wounded and captured at Sharpsburg, relieved in command of the 7th Virginia by Captain Ashby, Company C.

The rest of the War

On 23 December 1862 Colonel Corse was promoted to Brigadier General and Major Herbert promoted to Colonel to command the 17th Virginia. His war ended at Appomattox Courthouse in April 1865, still in command of the Regiment.

After the War

He resumed his banking business, and was with it until he retired and sold his share to the three Burke brothers, sons of his original partner, in 1899.

References & notes

The command arrangement in Maryland from Carman (Clemens note).1


7/27/1829; Alexandria, VA


2/1919; burial in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, VA


1   Dr. Clemens note citing a 3 August 1899 letter fron Herbert to Gen. Carman.
Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-17, Vol. 2, p. 549, Note 88  [AotW citation 30399]