CDV OF STONEWALL BRIGADE CAPTAIN WITH PERIOD INK ID - BY REES OF RICHMOND

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Image is a vignette bust view of John S. Harrison of Company D, 2nd Virginia Infantry in Confederate uniform. He wears a light-colored coat with the three parallel bars of a captain clearly visible on his collar.

Clarity is good. Contrast is a bit light. Mount and paper are very good. Bottom center of the mount bears a period ink ID of “JNO. S. HARRISON.”

Reverse bears a photographer’s imprint of E. J. REES & CO… RICHMOND, VA. There is some collector information in pencil also.

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

John Stewart Harrison was born in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1842.

He enlisted as a private in the 2nd Virginia Infantry at Harpers Ferry on April 27, 1861. He served with his regiment at 1st Bull Run, where the Stonewall Brigade earned its name, and the following October he was assigned as a hospital steward at Camp Pickens in Manassas. He returned to his Company on December 16 and on the 19th received a commission as 2nd lieutenant.

On April 20, 1862, just in time for the campaign season, Harrison was made 1st lieutenant and was present through Jackson’s Valley Campaign, the Seven Days, 2nd Manassas and at the siege and capture of Harper’s Ferry during the Antietam Campaign.

In October of 1862 Harrison found himself commanding Company D and leading them through the Fredericksburg Campaign before being wounded in the thigh at Chancellorsville the following May. Despite the wound Harrison remained in the field for the Gettysburg Campaign.

Harrison continued his rise through the ranks being promoted to captain of his Company on April 30, 1864.

Sometime after the battle of the Wilderness Harrison’s old leg wound gave him some trouble and caused him to enter the hospital on May 25th and he was later moved to a hospital at Richmond and on August 30, 1864 he was given a furlough for 50 days. Evidently, Harrison remained ill and in September of 1864 he was checked into the General Hospital No. 9 in Richmond suffering from neuralgia. He was captured at Richmond on April 3, 1865 and was paroled on the 17th.

After the Civil War Harrison moved to Louisville, Kentucky where he managed the office of Standard Oil. He was still in that position when he died of paralysis on December 16, 1901 and is buried in Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery.   [ad] [ph:L]

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