“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Marathon in Brewster County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Colonel Lewis Given Harman


Colonel Lewis Harman Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By Zacharias Beau T, January 11, 2016
1. Colonel Lewis Harman Historical Marker
Few of marker facing south. To the west, out of the frame, is a great view of Mount Ord and the Sierra Del Norte Range, elevation 6,833 feet above sea-level.
Inscription. Typical of those who served the South and then moved into new counties of Western Texas. Surveyor, Indian agent, soldier, legislator, Justice of the Peace.

Born in Tennessee. Moved to Texas 1838. Fought in Mexican War. Though 43 when Civil War began, immediately joined 11th Texas Cavalry, in swift 1861 campaign to place Confederate forts in Indian Territory. Was Post Commander, Fort Arbuckle, I.T., June to August 1861.

Civic leader in Marathon after its founding in 1882. Had town's first Masonic funeral.
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committe. (Marker Number 964.)
Location. 30° 12.445′ N, 103° 11.941′ W. Marker is in Marathon, Texas, in Brewster County. Marker is on U.S. 90 one mile east of U.S. 385, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located two miles east of downtown Marathon and one mile east of the Denuded Ouachita Rock Belt historical marker on US 90. Marker is in this post office area: Marathon TX 79842, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marathon (approx. 1.8 miles away); First School House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Chambers Hotel (approx. 2.8 miles away); Albion E. Shepard House (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Gage Hotel (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fort Peña Colorado (Red Rock) (approx. 6½ miles away); Los Caballos (approx. 10.7 miles away).
Regarding Colonel Lewis Given Harman. Marathon's Lewis Harman had worn the three collar stars of a Confederate colonel. Beyond the information from the historical marker, however, there are very few sources on this distinguished character.
Additional comments.
1. Missing Gravesite of Colonel Harman
Even though the historical marker records that Colonel Harman's funeral was in Marathon his grave is not at the Marathon Cemetery. One source offers only that he was buried in Brewster County, an area the size of the state of Connecticut. Considering his rank in the Confederate Army and postwar prominence in Marathon it is peculiar that the old soldier's grave is not a known memorial. I am currently researching the colonel and in finding his grave site. Anyone with any information please e-mail me.
    — Submitted August 28, 2011, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas.

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