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M.B. Harris

M.B. Harris

Confederate (CSV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Merry Bracy Harris

(1829 - 1865)

Home State: Mississippi

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th Mississippi Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a lawyer in the firm Harris & Harris in Gallatin, Copiah County. He was commissioned Captain, Company D, 12th Mississippi Infantry on 11 March 1861. He was elected Lieutenant Colonel at the Army reorganization of April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the thigh in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded again, in action at Chancellorsville, VA in May 1863 and promoted to Colonel, date not known. He was mortally wounded, shot in the head by a sharpshooter near Petersburg, VA on 24 (or 25) June 1864. He was furloughed, but died at his wife's family home in Columbus, KY on 30 August 1865.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Confederate Military Service Records,1 online from fold3. His profession from Livingston's United States Law Register (1859). His wounding at Sharpsburg from a casualty list on the front page of the New Orleans Times-Picayune of 29 October 1862. His memorial is on Findagrave, which also hosts a pair of portraits of Harris and his 2nd wife Hettie T. Bullock (1843-1936, m. 1861), posted by Eddie Harris.

More on the Web

Some of his papers are online from the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries Special Collections [finding aid], source also of his picture, from a scanned photograph in Captain's uniform (c. 1861).


1829; Gallatin, MS


08/30/1865; Columbus, KY


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 29719]