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J.S. Harris

J.S. Harris

Federal (USV)


Jasper Stanford Harris

(1842 - 1929)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was an 18 year old farm worker in Palmer, MA. He enlisted as a Private in Rifle Company E, 3rd Connecticut Infantry on 25 April 1861 and mustered out with them on 12 August 1861. By then a carder in a woolen mill in Stafford, CT, he enlisted again, as a Private in Company I, 16th Connecticut Infantry on 23 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was paroled on 6 October 1862 and returned to his Company. He was captured again, on 20 April 1864, at Plymouth, NC and was a prisoner at Andersonville, GA and Florence, SC. He was paroled on 16 December 1864 and mustered out with his regiment at New Bern, NC on 24 June 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was back as an operator in a woolen mill in Stafford, CT. In 1900 he was a painter in Chicopee, MA, and in 1910 he had a "home farm" in Coventry, CT. In 1920 he was still working his Coventry farm and painted "local houses" - at 77 years old.

References & notes

His service from the Record.1 His 1862 occupation from Gordon.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1870, and 1900-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a photograph contributed by Micki Dischinger.

He married Marinette T Ayer (1844-1931) in December 1866 and they had 3 daughters.


01/27/1842; Butler County, PA


02/26/1929; Coventry, CT; burial in Nathan Hale Cemetery, Coventry, CT


1   State of Connecticut, Adjutant General's Office, and AGs Smith, Camp, and Barbour, and AAG White, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1889, pp. 42, 635  [AotW citation 27298]

2   Gordon, Lesley J., 16th CV [Connecticut Volunteers] database [roster], Published 2014, first accessed 06 February 2022, <!107&authkey=!ACNE422k47Tnc_Q&ithint=file%2cxl>  [AotW citation 27299]