Skip to main content



Edwin E. Harris Civil War letter

Edwin E. Harris Civil War letter

Save page 1 of 2
Open Finding Aid

Finding aid for the Edwin E. Harris Civil War letter

BC.MSS.13.07

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

March 19, 2015



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Title: Edwin E. Harris Civil War letter
Dates: 1862
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains a letter written by Colonel Edwin E. Harris of the 9th Missouri Infantry to his wife.
Identification: BC.MSS.13.07
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-mss-1307

Arrangement

This collection is contained in two files.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains a letter written by Colonel Edwin E. Harris of the 9th Missouri Infantry to his wife.


Biographical Information

Edwin Eugene Harris was born March 30, 1828, in Albemarle County, Virginia, to Samuel Woods Harris and Sarah Miller Ware. His family lived for a time in Cumberland County, Kentucky, and in about 1840 settled in St. Clair County, Missouri. Edwin studied medicine under Doctors L. Lewis and P. M. Cox in Osceola, Missouri, and also attended medical lectures at the University of Louisville.

Margaret Ann Cox was born October 3, 1833, to Dr. P. M. Cox and his wife Elizabeth. Edwin and Margaret married on October 6, 1853; the couple had three children. In late 1861, Harris moved his family to Texas and returned to defend Missouri for the Confederate army. On October 25, 1862, he arrived at the Confederate camp at Horse Head Creek near Clarksville, Arkansas, where he served as temporary surgeon for the camp.

As he wrote this letter, Harris was waiting at Little Rock to appear before the Medical Board for the Trans-Mississippi Department. This meeting took place on November 7, 1862, and Harris received an appointment as army surgeon. He served at Horse Head Station, then with Musser's 8th Battalion in Frosts Brigade of Missouri Volunteer Infantry. He continued with the newly organized 9th Missouri Infantry under Brigadier General John B. Clark Jr. During this time he suffered from progressive liver dysfunction, and he died of liver failure on September 10, 1864, at Princeton, Arkansas.

During the war, Margaret and her children, along with her parents, lived first at Paris, Lamar County, Texas, and later moved to Pittsburg, Upshur County, Texas. In September and October 1865, the family returned to St. Clair County, Missouri. Margaret Harris died there on September 16, 1914.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care
Harris, Edwin E., 1828-1864
Harris, Margaret Cox, 1833-1914
Little Rock (Ark.) -- History -- 19th Century
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care
United States. Army. Missouri Infantry Regiment, 9th.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edwin E. Harris Civil War letter, MSS.13.07, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, March 28, 2013


you wish to report:


...
Select the collections to add or remove from your search
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
 
OK