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Civil War Soldiers - Harris

Harris, Thomas M., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Wood county, Va., June 17, 1817. He studied medicine and practised at Harrisville and Glenville, Va., until the Civil war, and on March 17, 1862, became lieutenant-colonel of the 10th W. Va. infantry, becoming colonel of his regiment on May 20. He served throughout the war, being promoted brigadier- general March 29, 1865. He sent out the detachment that silenced the last Confederate guns at Appomattox, and was mustered out of the service April 30, 1866. He was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers, Oct. 19, 1864, for gallant and meritorious service at the battle of Middletown, Va., and major-general of volunteers April 2, 1865, for gallant conduct in the assault on Petersburg, Va. After the war Gen. Harris served one term in the West Virginia legislature, was adjutant-general of the state in 1869-70, and pension agent at Wheeling in 1871-77. He is the author of medical essays and a tract entitled "Galvanism Vindicated."

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

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