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Zara Harvey enlisted April 2, 1862 in Bryan County with Capt. J.L. McAllister. Pvt. Harvey served in Co. B of the Hardwick Mounted Rifles until, through consolidation of units, he was transferred to Co. H, 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry.

On June 11, 1864, Pvt. Harvey was captured near Trevillian Station, Va. He was sent to Fortress Monroe, Va. on June 20th and on July 25th he was transferred to Elmira Prison, N.Y.

On March 14, 1865, Harvey was transferred for exchange. About a week later the actual exchange took place on James River, Va. He was received and sent to Hospital #9 at Richmond on March 22nd and treated for chronic diarrhoea. On March 25th, he received a 60 day furlough.

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