Nathaniel Harrison Harris


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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

Nathaniel Harrison Harris was born at Natchez, Mississippi, August 22, 1834. He was a law graduate of the University of Louisiana (now Tulane), and settled thereafter in Vicksburg to practice his profession. In 1861 he organized the Warren Rifles, which was mustered into Confederate service as Company C, 19th Mississippi Infantry. Harris rose from captain to colonel of this regiment, meantime taking part in the various campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia, including Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Commissioned brigadier general from January 20, 1864, he was assigned to a brigade in Mahone's division of the 3rd Corps. He fought with great gallantry at Spotsyvlania, in the siege of Petersburg, and with particular distinction during the Federal assaults on Batteries Gregg and Whitworth. He was finally paroled at Appomattox Court House. Following the war General Harris resumed his law practice in Vicksburg, and later became president of the reorganized Mississippi Valley & Ship Island Railroad, also serving for a time as register of the U. S. Land Office in Aberdeen, South Dakota. After 1890 he made his home in California, where he engaged in business with John Hays Hammond. He died at Malvern, England, August 23, 1900, while on a business trip. He never married. At his own request his remains were cremated, and the ashes conveyed to the Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, for burial.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.