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Civil War Soldiers - Harding
|Harding, Abner C., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in East Hampton, Middlesex county, Conn., Feb. 10,
1807. He attended the Hamilton, N. Y., academy, was subsequently
admitted to the bar and practised for some time in Oneida county, N.
Y., moving then to Warren county, Ill., where he was actively engaged
in the practice of his profession for fifteen years. He was a member
of the Illinois constitutional convention in 1848, served in the
legislature, 1848-50, and for the ten years prior to the Civil war was
engaged in railway enterprises. Enlisting in the 83d Ill. infantry as
a private in 1862, he rose to the rank of colonel, was promoted
brigadier-general of volunteers for bravery at Fort Donelson, and in
1863 had command at Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was then a representative
in the 39th and 40th Congresses, 1865-69, and after that devoted his
attention principally to the promotion of railway enterprises in
Illinois. He endowed a professorship in Monmouth college and gave
generously to other educational institutions. Gen. Harding died in
Monmouth, Ill., July 19, 1874.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908