Date Original



This collection contains letters and other papers belonging to James Harley and family of Virginia and later of Arkansas and are dated between 1839 and 1930.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Harley of Virginia had three children; William R., Basil C. and Louisa. Basil C. married a Mary Thompson. Basil moved to Mississippi shortly after his marriage where he served as Lieutenant Governor of that state. Harley then moved about fifteen years later to Princeton, Dallas County, Arkansas. Basil Harley would serve as an Arkansas State Senator in 1852 and 1854 and was president of the State Senate. Basil and Mary Thompson Harley had nine children including a son, William Reese Harley who was born July 7, 1846. At the early age of fifteen he enlisted in Company C, Sixth Arkansas Volunteer Infantry, and Confederate States Army. William Reese Harley was badly wounded at the battle of Shiloh, and was taken to the field hospital and afterward to Corinth, Mississippi and discharged on account of his injuries. A year later he enlisted in Shelby's Brigade, Company D, Sixth Missouri Cavalry, Confederate States Army.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Virginia





Resource Type



Harley family papers, SMC.053.018


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Harley family papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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