A Guide to the Michael G. Harman Papers, 1861 Harman, Michael G., Papers mss 00397

A Guide to the Michael G. Harman Papers, 1861

A Collection in
Virginia Military Institute Archives
Collection Number mss 00397


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Collection number
mss 00397
Michael G. Harman Papers 1861
Physical Characteristics
The collection contains 6 items filed in one folder.

Administrative Information


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Preferred Citation

Michael G. Harman Papers, mss 00397, Virginia Military Institute Archives, Lexington, Virginia.

Alternative Form

The Harman Papers are available in full-text format on the VMI Archives website at: http://www.vmi.edu/archives/manuscripts/ms0397.html

Biographical/Historical Information

Michael G. Harman was born in Augusta County, Virginia, in 1823. Prior to the Civil War he operated a stagecoach line and was the proprietor of a hotel. During the war years, he served as Confederate Quartermaster in Staunton, Virginia from April 1861 until January 1862; he was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the 52nd Virginia Infantry Regiment on August 19, 1861 and served in a dual capacity until resigning his commission as Quartermaster on January 8, 1862; he was elected Colonel of 52nd Virginia in May 1862; was wounded; resigned from the Army in June 1863 due to disability; and served as Quartermaster in Staunton until end of war. After 1865 he continued to operate his stage line, hotel and other businesses. He was member of the Virginia Military Institute Board of Visitors, 1865-1866. Harman died in 1877 and is buried in Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, Virginia.

Scope and Content Information

The papers consist of the Civil War letters (6 items; July-October 1861) of Lt. Col. Michael G. Harman, written from Headquarters, Staunton, Virginia, where Harman was Quartermaster. The letters were written primarily to General Henry R. Jackson, headquartered at Monterey. The correspondence concerns supplies of corn, clothing, horses and other items; transportation problems; and other Quartermaster Department problems.


The papers are arranged in chronological order.

Contents List

Letter to Captain Miller, McDowell Volunteers, 1861 July 11

Order to reinforce General Garnett.

Letter to General Henry R. Jackson, commanding at Monterey. 1861 September 3

Wagons and teams sent; corn & clothing needs; has 100 Yankee prisoners.

Letter to General Henry R. Jackson, commanding at Monterey, 1861 September 4

Regarding troop movements -- 52nd Virginia Infantry Regiment; Captain Otey's Company (Bedford County); Captain Morrison's Company (Rockbridge County).

Letter to General Henry R. Jackson, commanding at Monterey, 1861 September 17

Corn purchased; wagons & teams impressed from local farmers; transportation problems.

Letter to General Henry R. Jackson, commanding at Monterey, 1861 October 10

Sending teams; complains about organizational problems within QM Dept & asks for help; Harman will join his (52nd VA) Regiment soon.

Letter to General Henry R. Jackson, commanding at Monterey, 1861 Ocotber 20

Problem with horses unfit for service; too many men in hospital in Staunton, wants to use Rockbridge Baths to accommodate sick.