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Confederate (CSA)


John Pollard Harrison New

(1831 - 1879)

Home State: Louisiana

Education: Oakland (MS) College (1850), Harvard Law, Class of 1854

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: Hays' Brigade

Before Sharpsburg

He was a lawyer in Baton Rouge, and enrolled as Lieutenant, Company B, 7th Louisiana Infantry on 7 June 1861. He was appointed Adjutant of the Regiment, date not given. He was commissioned Captain and Assistant Adjutant General to General Hays on 29 July 1862.

On the Campaign

From General Hays' Report:

To my staff-Captain John H. New, assistant adjutant-general, and Lieutenant Dwight Martin, aide-de-camp-I am under particular obligations for their constant attendance and prompt discharge of their several duties ... Captain New, having his horse killed under him, was disabled by the fall ...

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Major and Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General on 2 November 1863. He went to General Early's staff, then that of General Ramseur, both in May 1864. He was "sent west" to General Kirby Smith in Texas in March 1865. He was paroled 4 May 1865.

After the War

He was a law partner of General Hays in New Orleans, and was once United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. He died of consumption (tuberculosis) in New Orleans in January 1879.

References & notes

Service from Krick.1. Details from the Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates of Harvard University (1895) and The Times-Picayune of 19 January 1879. His gravesite is on Findagrave, which has his birth year as 1835. A notice in The New Orleans Daily Democrat of 26 January 1879 had his age at death as 46, which would imply a birth year about 1832. He didn't like or use "Pollard". His alma mater Oakland College later become Alcorn State Univeristy (named for the Republican Reconstruction Governor).


07/05/1831; Louisiville, KY


01/17/1879; New Orleans, LA; burial in Metarie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA


1   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 231  [AotW citation 17607]