BUST VIEW OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL NATHANIEL H. HARRIS IN CIVILIAN CLOTHES – VICKSBURG PHOTOGRAPHER

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CDV image shows Harris in a dark civilian suit from the chest up.

Clarity is good but the contrast is a bit light. Image is toned and has moderate surface dirt and spotting. Mount is good.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for HERRICK & DIER… VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI.

Photo is from the collection of the late William A. Turner.

Nathaniel Harrison Harris was born on August 22, 1834, at Natchez, Mississippi. Harris graduated from the University of Louisiana law school and practiced his profession in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

In early 1861, Harris organized a Mississippi militia company that became Company C, 19th Mississippi Infantry. The regiments first action was the Battle of Williamsburg in the Peninsula Campaign. Harris was promoted to major on March 5, 1862. His regiment then went on to fight in the Battle of Seven Pines and the Seven Days Battles. He was wounded at the Battle of Glendale on June 30, 1862 and the Second Battle of Bull Run on August 30, 1862. After the Antietam Campaign, He was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

Harris was promoted to colonel and assumed command of the regiment on April 2, 1863. He led the regiment at the Battle of Chancellorsville and the Battle of Gettysburg. He assumed command of Brigadier General Carnot Posey's brigade after Posey was mortally wounded at the Battle of Bristoe Station. Harris was promoted to brigadier general on January 20, 1864. His brigade was assigned to Major General Richard H. Anderson's division, then Major General William Mahone's division in 3rd Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. Harris's brigade delivered a powerful counterattack in the "Mule Shoe" salient at the Battle of Spotsylvania. He performed distinguished service during the Siege of Petersburg. At the Battle of Globe Tavern, August 21, 1864, over half of Harris's brigade were casualties. In late 1864 and early 1865, Harris's brigade fought along the Weldon Railroad. He again was especially distinguished at Fort Gregg at the end of the siege. In March 1865, he commanded the inner defenses of Richmond, Virginia.

Harris was paroled at Appomattox, Virginia on April 9, 1865, where he was in command of Mahone's division.

After the war, Harris resumed his law practice at Vicksburg, Mississippi. He became president of the Mississippi Valley and Ship Island Railroad. For a time, he was register of the U.S. Land Office in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In 1890, he moved to California, where he became a successful businessman in partnership with mining engineer, John Hays Hammond. He died on August 23, 1900 in Malvern, Worcestershire, England while on a business trip. His remains were cremated and later buried at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.  [ad] [ph:L]

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