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Civil War Soldiers - Harker

Harker, Charles G., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Swedesboro, N. J., Dec. 2, 1837, and was graduated at West Point in 1858. He was promoted 1st lieutenant in the 15th infantry, May 14, 1861, and captain, Oct. 24; became lieutenant-colonel of the 65th Ohio volunteers, and on Nov. 11, 1861, colonel. He served with his regiment at Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862, took part in the siege of Corinth, and at Stone's river, Dec. 31, 1862- Jan. 3, 1863, where he commanded a brigade, he so distinguished himself that he was recommended by his superior officers for promotion to brigadier- general of volunteers. He did not receive his promotion, however, until he had still further distinguished himself at Chickamauga and Chattanooga, when he was given his commission, to date from Sept. 20, 1863. He commanded a brigade under Gen. Howard in the Georgia campaign, and at Rocky Face ridge in May, 1864, held the peak against determined efforts on the part of the Confederates to dislodge him. He was mortally wounded at Kennesaw mountain, Ga., June 27, 1864, while leading his brigade in a gallant charge, and died on the field of battle the same day.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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