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Nathan Harrison

Nathan Harrison (November 8, 1826 - March 14, 1865) served as a private in Company E, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Personal life

Nathan Harrison was born November 8, 1826 in Wilkes County, North Carolina to Benjamin and Frances (Price) Harrison. He married Hannah Eliza Hampton (1830-1925) with whom he had five children.[1]

Civil War service

Harrison enlisted as a private in Company E on September 24, 1863 in Greeneville, Tennessee for a period of three years and mustered in November 8, 1863 at Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.

He is described as 37 years old, 6' tall, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair, and by occupation a farmer. He was a resident of Watauga County, North Carolina.

Harrison is listed as present for duty until he was left sick in U.S. General Hospital at Nashville, Tennessee; the date was not recorded. He was next admitted to Clay General Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky on April 6, 1864. The muster roll for March/April 1864 subsequently reports him as being in hospital at Madison, Indiana. Then in May/June 1864, he is reported as being in hospital at Knoxville, Tennessee. He was detailed service in the Quartermaster's Department beginning June 7, 1864; when he returned to the regiment was not recorded.

On November 12, 1864, Harrison was captured at Morristown, Tennessee and listed as missing in action.[2] He was sent to prison in Richmond, Virginia and later admitted to a prisoner of war hospital at Danville, Virginia on January 4, 1865 with chronic bronchitis. Released from the hospital on February 7, 1865, he was confined again to the prison in Danville. Harrison was then transferred to Richmond on February 20, 1865 for parole on February 22, 1865 at Aiken's Landing, Virginia. Still ill, he was sent to U.S. Division 1 Hospital in Annapolis, Maryland on February 23, 1865, then admitted on March 7, 1865 to Newton U.S. General Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Harrison died there at 12:30 a.m. on March 14, 1865 due to chronic diarrhea.

His personal effects consisted of one cap, one great coat, one pair trousers, one Bible, and $51.00 in paper money. They were sold at public auction for $4.83 on May 31, 1865. When the regiment mustered out on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville it was noted that he had last been paid to June 30, 1864, had received $35.30 in clothing from the government, and had received a $25 bounty. His pay was also reduced by $28.75 for clothing drawn after returning from prison at Richmond and another $32 in pay for November and December 1864 after he was captured.

Harrison is buried at Loudon Park National Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland. His wife applied for a widow's pension on December 22, 1866.

Notes

  1. 1900 U.S. Census, Blue Ridge Township, Watauga County, North Carolina.
  2. Another record lists him as missing in action on November 13, 1864 at Bull's Gap, Tennessee.
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