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Per Wilbur G. Kurtz at October 28, 1907 interview, at Harbin’s home in Tunnel Hill, GA, “Mr. Harbin is a magnificent specimen of manhood. He stands six feet two inches, and his actions speak of remarkable energy, vitality, and of one accustomed to doing things. Though the frost of 73 winters has settled upon hair and beard, he seems as active as when he ran locomotives with wide open throttles, and his blue eyes – though somewhat the worse for the sudden flashes of light from the fire-box and lantern – are not greatly dimmed, and their frankness, with his native geniality, at once commend him as one of God’s honest men.” Began working with Rome Railroad 1848, becoming engineer in 1859.

Born June 16, 1834, Dahlonega, Lumpkin County, GA.

Died November 29, 1910.

Buried Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, GA.

Married at the age of 19.

Engineer of William R. Smith on day of the Raid with Conductor Cicero Smith, Fireman William G. Kirknodle and Brakeman/Baggageman Joe Lassiter, a free black.

Kurtz interview established the identity of the Rome Railroad locomotive used in the Chase as the William R. Smith and not the Alfred Shorter.

Listed with others for the Fuller Medal of 1950.

 

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