CDV OF DAVID B. HARRIS, CONFEDERATE ENGINEER

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This is a carte de visite (CDV) of Harris as a Major in the Confederate Army. Waist-up view wearing eyeglasses, a vest, and double-breasted frock with a single star on the collar. Image is clear with good contrast. Mount remains in good condition with corners slightly trimmed. Photographer's imprint on bottom edge. Photographer's backmark, Geo. S. Cook, Charleston. Pencil identification on back reads, "Col. D.B. Harris, Beauregard's Engineer during siege of Petersburg."

David Bullock Harris (September 28, 1814 – October 10, 1864) was born in Louisa County, Virginia, on September 28, 1814. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, graduating seventh in the class of 1833. He was assigned to fight Native Americans in the frontier, then became an instructor of engineers at the Military Academy. Resigning to become a civil engineer in 1845, he returned to his Goochland County, Virginia plantation and farmed until 1861.

When war broke out he was commissioned Captain of engineers and assigned to the staff of General P.G.T. Beauregard. He served during the July 21, 1861 Battle of First Bull Run, then went to the Mississippi River in 1862 to supervise the river defenses of Vicksburg. Sent to Charleston, South Carolina to design the coastal defense there, he was eventually assigned to Petersburg, Virginia to help keep Union General Benjamin Butler's Army of the James boxed into the Bermuda Hundred peninsula. Promoted to Colonel and sent back to Charleston, he contracted yellow fever in 1864.

He died of yellow fever at Summerville, South Carolina, on October 10, 1864 and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond.

From the William Turner collection.  [jet][ph:L]

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