(1847 - 1906)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 13th Georgia Infantry
In 1860 he was a 13 year old farm boy on his parent's very large and successful place at La Grange in Troup County, GA. He enlisted as a Private in Company K, 13th Georgia Infantry on 8 July 1861 in Griffin, GA.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 and captured.
The rest of the War
He was paroled near Shepherdstown, VA on 29 September and furloughed home. In November, on behalf of Absalom's parents, Senator Benjamin H Hill (GA) asked Secretary of War Randolph to discharge him due to being underage and wounded. He was so discharged on 22 November 1862.
He enlisted again, on 10 May 1864, then age 17, as a Private in Company A of the 4th Regiment, Georgia Reserves in Atlanta. They had guard duty at Camp Sumter in Andersonville, GA and later at Salisbury, NC. He was appointed regimental Quartermaster Sergeant on 1 May 1864 and was absent on furlough after 30 December 1864, the last record in his military file.
After the War
By 1880 he was a farmer at Kosse, Limestone County, TX.
References & notes
His service from Henderson,1 as Absalom Harris, and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Mary Jane Jackson (1845-1940) in November 1863 in Meriwether County, GA and they had 3 children.
01/16/1847; La Grange, GA
11/14/1906; Fort Worth, TX; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, TX
1 Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964 [AotW citation 7321]
2 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 28358]