Caroline Harman Obit

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Caroline Harman Obit - tu- reme- Mrs. CaroCee V. Barman. As briefly...
tu- reme- Mrs. CaroCee V. Barman. As briefly mentioned in the last issue of the Sun, Mrs. Caroline V. Harman, died at the residence of her son, Capt, Lewis w Harman, on Kalorama street, on the night of the 26th of October, after a painful illness of several years, in the 79th year of her age, having been born in this place July 19, 1825. She was a daughter of Capt. Levi L. Stevenson, and widow of the late Col. M..G., Harman, one .of. the most prominent and progressive citizens of Virginia. Her father had filled the highest office in the Masonic Order in Virginia for a number of years and was Postmaster Postmaster in this place for several terms before and during the war between the Statae-rHer Statae-rHer Statae-rHer brother, General Stevenson was a prominet t and successful lawyer of St. Louis, Mo. , and represented that city - in both branches of the State Legislature. Legislature. He was an intimate friend and associate of Gen. Frank Blair, afterwards U. S. Senator and can- can- ldate for Vice President on the Seymour ticket of 1868, and oi Gratz Brown, the running mate with Horace Greeley in the Pres dential campaign of 1879. These tl rei young men were proteges of Senator Thos. H. Benton, and ear ly in life arrayed themselves against what was then known as the ex treme States rights wing of the Democratic party and also against the institution of slavery. He was a distinguished officer in the Un ion army during the civil conflict, and at its close was appointed a Colonel in the regular army, which position he subsequently resigned ecount of impaired health. Or e Mrs. Harman's sisters, Miss Liz zie Steyenson, who like herself, was noted both for beauty of person and attraction of character, married Lt. George Getty, afterwards General Getty of the regular army, and another, Miss Isabel Stevenson, married Porterfield Kinney of this place, one of the ablest of the prac titioners at the Staunton bar. Another brother, Capt. William R( Stevenson, was for a number, of years proprietor of the Staunton Vindicator. Mrs. Harman's husband, Mich ael 0. Harman, organized the Quar termaster and Commissary Depart ments ot tne Uoniederate army in all the Valley section and embrac ing the greater part of the territory in Virginia west of the Bine Ridge, using his own means and credit to further the Confedeiate interests. Subsequently he was elected Colo nel of the 52d Regiment of Virgin ia Volunteers, and while leading his command in'action was severe ly wounded at the battle of McDow ell, where the numerically superior force of Gen.'Milroy was badly de feated and driven from this portion of the State, to receive its fina overthrow and demoralization at Winchester from the Confederate forces under Gen. Wm. Smith, for two terms Governor of Virginia. Col. Harman had four brothers, al of whom played conspicuous parts in the late war. Maj. John A. Har man was Stonewall Jackson's chie: quartermaster and enjoyed the in timate friendship and implicit con fiderjee of that great commander. Gen. Wm. H. Harman was killed in the battle of Waynesboro while leading a charge against a detach ment of bherman s army in its march to the sea'.- sea'.- Col. Asher W. Harman, after assisting his brother in organizing the commissary and quartermaster departments In this locality, was elected Colonel of the 1 2th Viginia cavalry and made one of the most daring and intrepid of ficers of-the of-the of-the cavalry force. Lt. Thomas L. Harman, after partici pating in several severe engage ments, was brought home to die 0 typhoid fever. This unique and honorable war record of the five brothers was supplemented by the gallant service of Col. Harman's oldest son, Capt Lewis Harman, who at the commencement ot hostilities hostilities was a cadet an the Virginia Military Institute when about six teen years of age. He, with 1 number 01 . otner ; cadets, was assigned to drill duty at Richmond Subsequently he. was elected second lieutenant in the 5id regiment, and thence transferred to the 12th cav Go Cbe Busy San - , . , . tt tccirtte watcb U i lectssity, tot 1 Imrj, as so e mm to tfclst Co itilize mry loietl of preciois tilt, to ceet traits, keep appolit-Kcits, appolit-Kcits, appolit-Kcits, to k tlfiys ci ttat, oie iisttmi flood f atct. Irop ii til Id is tali wtlcfces to '901. 8e art practical watcb repairers ail watcb caters, It jot please, ail 901 cat ban tbe teteffl of otr a rerktce wKboit H. L. LANG, Scientific Optician, ? Staunton, Vs. airy and chosen captain of compa ny I in that command, formerly held by Captain O'Ferrall, who re signed to command, as Colonel, a squadron he had raised, and who was subsequent to the close of the war elected governor of Virginia. Captain Harman served with con spicuons gallantry and was on several several occasions highly commended by his superior officers for his courage courage and efficiency in the discharge of duty.1 He was wounded a Port Republic and in another engage ment was captured while leading a desperate charge. He, with six hundred other Confederate officers was placed on Morris Island, in front of the Confederate firing line and the Confederates notified that if they fired it would be upon their own men. With such martial environments and associations in both the families families with which she was closely connected, Mrs, Harman was in spired by the highest ideals of du ty, which were manifested in her woman's sphere in devotion to her church, ministering to the wants and necessities of the poor and with open palm dispensing charities to those whose condition made them proper objects of such benefactions. In no sense was she a modern soci ety woman. Her naturally strong mind and cultivated intellections found no affinity in whimpering frivolities. Gracious in the discharge discharge of the duties of her hospita ble home, where her husband's and her own friends were always wel come with a refined cordiality that indicated the true lady, whether in the presence of the humble or those more favored by fortune, she drew to herself genuine friendships and embalmed herself in the esteem and affections of all whose pleasure it was to come in social contact with her. Since the sudden death of her i- i- husband in 1877, Mrs. Harman had led a comparatively Secluded life and as the infirmities of age gradually gradually crept upon her, her thoughts reached out into the great beyond and confidently reposed upon the promises of Him whom she, had lovingly trusted in earlier life, and as the shadows lowered over the closing years of her long pilgrimage pilgrimage confidingly leaned upon them as she passed through the valley of the shadow of death. Mrs. Harman left three children. Capt. Lewis Harman, State Treasurer Treasurer Asher W. Harman, and Alexander Alexander Harman. Her three daught ers, Mr?. Dr. Thomas Opie, of Bal timore, Mrs. Capt. John N. Opie, of this place, and Mrs. Dr. Eve, of Georgia, all preceded her to the grave. The funeral took place from Trinity Trinity Episcopal church, of which Mrs. Harman had long been a devoted member, on Thursday, Rev. W. Q. Hullihen, officiating in the beauti ful and impressive service of that branch of the Christian church and the remains were conveyed to Thornrose cemetery, to rest by the side of those of her husband and children, with the following gentlemen gentlemen acting as pall bearers; v Dr. Benjamin Blackford, Dr. Carter Carter Berkeley, Col. R. S. Turk, Capt. H. M. Mcllhany, A. F. Kinney, Arista Hoge, Maj. S. M. Yost, and Arch. S. Kinney. ;, -. -. V Thus passed away a lady of rare personal: attractions and christian gracesi leaving behind fragrant me mentoes of good deeds performed, and duty In all the relations of life,

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  1. The Old Dominion Sun,
  2. 06 Nov 1903, Fri,
  3. Page 5

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