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N. H. Harris

N. H. Harris

Confederate (CSV)


Nathaniel Harrison Harris

(1834 - 1900)

Home State: Mississippi

Education: University of Louisiana

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 19th Mississippi Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a graduate of the University of Louisiana (now Tulane) law school and practiced in Vicksburg. In 1861 he organized the Warren Rifles, which was mustered into Confederate service as Company C, 19th Mississippi Infantry - he was their first Captain (from April 1861).

On the Campaign

Captain Harris was in command of the regiment on the Maryland Campaign, on paper - Colonel Mott killed (May 5, 1862); Lt. Colonel Lucius Q.C. Lamar absent sick (resigned Nov 4, 1862); Major John B. Mullins absent wounded (since June 27, 1862). However, Harris had been "severely" wounded at Bull Run August 30, 1862, and was reported absent wounded from his regiment for the duration of the Maryland Campaign. It is not clear who actually led the Regiment.

The rest of the War

Harris returned to the regiment October 5, and was promoted Major on November 4th (to date from May 5, 1862). He was promoted Lieutenant Colonel, November 24, 1962 due to continued absence of Col and Lt Colonel, and appointed Colonel on April 2, 1861.

Harris was absent sick for most of September and October 1863, but when Brig Gen Carnot Posey was mortally wounded October 14, 1863, Col Harris replaced him in command of the Brigade. Harris was promoted Brigadier General January 20, 1864 in his own right. He served in command of the Brigade through the campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia until surrendered at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

He returned to Vicksburg and his law practice. He was later President of the Mississippi Valley & Ship Island Railroad, and was registrar of the U.S. Land Office in Aberdeen, South Dakota. After 1890 he lived in California. He died in England, on August 23, 1900, while on a business trip. His ashes were buried in Brooklyn, NY.

References & notes

Sources: roster and other biographical data from multiple resources at Bill Furr's exhaustive 19th Mississippi website.


8/22/1834; Natchez, MS


8/23/1900; Malvern, England; burial in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY