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James Harden Civil War Papers (MSS #00476)
VMI Cadet & 23rd Virginia Battalion

Detail from James Harden letter About the Papers: 

The papers consist of 12 items, 1861-1865, covering Harden's brief time at VMI and his subsequent service in the Confederate Army.

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About James Harden: 

Born- Dec. 8, 1841 in Greenville, Augusta Co. Va.
Father- D.M. Harden of Ky.; Mother- Eliza Ann Gibbons of Va.
No information about grandparents.
Married- Winnie Ella Berkey of Buckingham Co. Va.
Children- 1- Susan Mary (m) Hawrahan; 2- Annie Tupper (m) Moore; 3- Mildred Lee (m) Medlin; 4- David Humphreys Harden;
5- James Edwin Harden; 6- Capt. Edward Lee Harden; 7- Dixie May Harden; 8- Benjamin Harden.

VMI Record:
Entered VMI- June 4, 1861; Trained in Military Science and Tactics for one month before joining the C.S.A.

Civil War Record- Enlisted in the 36th Va. Regiment; Appointed Sgt. Maj. Aug 10, 1861; Shown as Acting Assistant Adjutant General in the 2nd Brigade Army of the Kanawha in Nov. 1861; Resigned and discharged March 25, 1862; Became Acting Adjutant for the 23rd Va. Battalion sometime in the summer of 1862; Appointed 1st Lieut. and Adjutant of the 23rd Battalion Nov. 20, 1862; Praised for "distinguished gallantry" at Droop Mountain Nov. 1863; Captured at the Third Battle of Winchester; Held at Ft. Delaware, DE.; Released on oath June 12, 1865.

Careers: Railroad Agent

Died- Sept. 7, 1927 in Dillwyn, Va.