Written by a man respected by his friends and his foes, these never-before published memoirs, reveal life as a company commander and the author’s passion and intelligence. Integrity and courage mark French Harding’s career as a soldier. For these qualities and others, people elected him to positions of trust later in life: member of the West Virginia 1872 constitutional convention; sheriff of Randolph County in 1876; and later two terms in the State Legislature. He was a leader. His aggressive, sometimes heroic, behavior on the battlefield carried over to the concern he showed for the men in his company. Conflicts with the colonel of the 31st Virginia Infantry Regiment led to Captain Harding’s arrest in November 1863. He resigned and immediately joined the 20th Virginia Cavalry. Harding’s memoirs offer valuable historical insight into the affects of the war in western (West) Virginia, life as a member and company commander of Stonewall Jackson’s “foot cavalry” in his Shenandoah Valley Campaign and being a Confederate cavalry officer in the strangely fluid and desperate last year of the war.