Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album. http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html
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.