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Civil War Soldiers - Harney

Harney, William S., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born near Haysboro, Tenn., Aug. 27, 1800. He was commissioned 2nd lieutenant, 19th U. S. infantry, Feb. 13, 1818, and in the interval between the time of his entering the service and the Civil war he was continuously in the service of the United States, receiving frequent promotions, culminating in promotion to brigadier-general June 14, 1858. He engaged in the Black Hawk war, the Seminole war, the Mexican war, and in numerous engagements against Indians, commanded the Department of the Oregon, 1858-60, until his recall on account of border difficulties with England, and was then assigned to command the Department of the West, with headquarters in St. Louis. In April, 1861, while on his way to Washington, he was arrested by the Virginia troops at Harper's Ferry, but was soon afterward released, and, on returning to St. Louis, he agreed with Gen. Price in command of the Missouri militia to make no military movement within the borders of the state so long as peace was maintained by the existing state government. He was relieved of his command May 29, 1861, was placed on the retired list Aug. 1, 1863, and on March 13, 1865, was brevetted major-general U. S. A. for long and faithful services. Gen. Harney died in Orlando, Fla., May 9, 1889.

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

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