1st Lt. Harvie served at the fort in Co. H/9th Infantry under Capt. Thomas English. A VMI graduate, Harvie had seen previous service with Co. E/9th Infantry before arriving at Steilacoom.
On March 15, 1861, Lt. Harvie resigned his commission to join the rapidly mobilizing Confederate forces. By 1862, now Lt. Col. Harvie had gained considerable wartime experience on the staff of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. As Assistant Inspector General, Harvie would later serve on the personal staff of Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Later posted to the Western Theater of operations, Harvie would reunite with former commander Johnston. It is his reports on the conditions of troops in the field that offer today’s historians glimpses into the fighting readiness of Confederate combat troops throughout the war.
Edwin J. Harvie