Ivory Field Glasses of Colonel E. J. Harvie, CSA, Army of Tennessee
Ivory Field Glasses of Colonel E. J. Harvie, CSA, Army of Tennessee - Colonel Edwin James Harvie was Inspector General on General Joseph Johnston’s headquarters staff. He was raised on Flat Creek Plantation, also known as Dykeland, at Chula, Virginia in Amelia County. Dykeland is a two-story, wood-frame dwelling reflecting two architectural styles and three periods of construction. It consists of a two-story vernacular section built about 1838 and attached 1 1/2-story rear wing dating to the early-19th century. A two-story Italianate section dates to 1856-1857 and features a hipped roof. A one-story Italianate-style porch unifies the two sections. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The plantation remained in the family until 1967, at which time the contents were sold by a Richmond auction house. Many of Colonel Harvie’s effects were sold at that time, and we believe that these field glasses were amongst the items sold at that time.
The glasses have ivory eyepieces and ivory covered barrels. Inscribed on one barrel is: “Col. E.J. Harvie “; inscribed on the other barrel is: “Col. CSA Richmond “. The optics are strong and the glasses remain in fine condition, with the exception of the typical age cracking in both ivory eyepieces, focus adjuster and barrel covers. At their lowest adjustment, the height of the glasses is 3”; at their highest adjustment, the height of the glasses is 4”.
Colonel Harvie was born in Amelia Co. VA and educated at VMI. He served as a Lieutenant in the 9th US Infantry, prior to the Civil War. During the war, he served as an Aide to Generals R. E. Lee, Joe Johnston, and John Bell Hood, with the rank of colonel. After the war, he worked as a U.S. Government clerk, in Washington, DC, organizing Confederate records. Colonel Harvie died in Washington, in 1911.
COL Edwin James Harvie
Birth: Feb. 1, 1835
Amelia Court House
Death: Jul. 11, 1911
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Lewis Edwin Harvie (1809 – 1887)
Sarah Herron Blair Harvie (1814 – 1890)
Mary Edmonia Meade Harvie (1835 – 1884)
Patty Hardaway Harvie Taylor (1838 – 1901)
Sarah B Harvie (1861 – 1935)
Jane Rutherfoord Harvie (1865 – 1930)
Edmonia Meade Harvie (1870 – 1936)
Edwin James Harvie (1835 – 1911)
William Old Harvie (1839 – 1921)
James Seddon Harvie (1846 – 1864)
Josephine Blair Harvie (1848 – 1913)