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James A. Harris (born abt. 1846) served as a corporal in Company D, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

James Harris was born about 1846 in Washington County, Virginia.

Civil War service

Harris enlisted as a private in Company D on September 24, 1863 in Greeneville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in November 8, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. He was appointed corporal on June 8, 1865 by order of Lieutenant Colonel Stacy.

He is described as 19 years old, 5' 6" tall, dark complexion, black eyes, black hair, and by occupation a farmer.

Harris is listed as present for duty until he was captured in action November 13, 1864 at Russellville, Tennessee.[1] He was held as a prisoner of war at Richmond, Virginia until January 11, 1865 when he was admitted to the prison hospital with laryngitis. Harris was returned to the Richmond prison camp on February 19, 1865 and transferred to Danville, Virginia the following day. On February 22, 1865, Harris was sent to Camp Parole at Annapolis, Maryland. From there he was sent on February 26, 1865 to Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio, arriving on March 4, 1865. Harris received a furlough of 30 days on March 5, 1865; he reported to the provost marshal at Camp Chase on April 15, 1865, who sent him on to Cincinnati and then to Louisville. He eventually was able to return to the regiment on April 29, 1865.

Harris mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. He had last been paid to August 31, 1864, owed $22.44 to the government for clothing, owed $3.46 for transportation, had been paid a $25 bounty, and was owed a $75 bounty.

Post-war life

Harris moved to Illinois after the war and applied for an invalid's pension on August 30, 1882. When he died and where he is buried has not been found.


  1. He is alternately listed as captured at Morristown, Tennessee on November 14, 1864.