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Federal (USA)


William Henry Harrison

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 2nd United States Cavalry (Co. E, F, H & K)

Before Antietam

He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd US Cavalry on 30 November 1861, and promoted 1st Lieutenant on 25 August 1862. He was in Company E.

The rest of the War

He was honored by brevets for his service at Todd's Tavern, Virginia 6 May 1864 (Captain), Winchester, 19 September 1864 (Major), and for "gallant and meritorious service" during the War on 13 March 1865 (Colonel). He was commissioned Lieutent Colonel (Volunteers) of the 214th Pennsylvania Infantry on 6 April 1865 (Colonel D.B. McKibbin) and mustered out of volunteer sevice with that Regiment in March 1866.

After the War

He was promoted to Captain in the 2nd US Cavalry on 28 July 1866, but resigned his commission on 17 November of that year.

References & notes

Basic information from Caughey1, with further service details from Heitman2.

Bates3, in his roster for the 214th Pennsylvania, says Harrison was "Prisoner from September 19, 1864, to March, 1865", but nothing about the circumstances.


Date not known in PA


1   Caughey, Don, Crossed Sabers, first accessed 07 February 2007, <>, Source page: /2011/04/2nd-us-cavalry-in-maryland-campaign.html  [AotW citation 2252]

2   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 506  [AotW citation 2260]

3   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 2261]