(1847 - 1862)
Home State: Maryland
Branch of Service: Infantry
Known as Harris, he was a 16 year old laborer in Middleburg, MD in 1862. He gave his age as 18 when he enlisted in Franklin County, PA, and he mustered into service as Corporal, Company H, 107th Pennsylvania Infantry on 25 February 1862 in Harrisburg.
On the Campaign
He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862, not yet 16 years old.
The rest of the War
He was reinterred from his original burial on the battlefield to the Middleburg United Brethren church cemetery, date not known.
References & notes
Service information from Bates1 and the Card File,2 both as Harris Mellinger. His full name and other details from the Papers of the Kittochtinny Historical Society (Vol. VII, 1915). His memorial is on Findagrave.
His hometown of Middleburg was a tiny village on the Maryland-Pennsylvania border, halfway between Hagerstown and Greencastle. The Brethren church there was probably originally the Walgamoth home, built straddling the State line.
09/17/1862 Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Cumberland, MD
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871 [AotW citation 10900]
2 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/archive.asp?view=ArchiveIndexes&ArchiveID=17> [AotW citation 23748]