Guide to the Papers of Leander Harris, 1861 - 1865Manuscript MS-922

Biography

Leander Harris was born March 12, 1833, in Fairlee Township, VT. In 1861, he was elected to the office of Town Clerk in Hampstead, NH. Later in the year, at the beginning of the Civil War, Harris enlisted in the Union Army. On September 18, 1861, Harris was a private in Company I of the Fourth NH Volunteer Infantry Regiment, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Louis Bell. Harris also served with the Tenth Army Corps Hospital, where he worked as an aid and briefly as hospital steward, and was later sent to the battle front to bring water to the soldiers. Towards the end of the war, he was assigned the duty of mail messenger. Following the war, Harris and family moved to Bradford, MA and he eventually became foreman in a shoe factory in Hampstead, NH. His wife, Emily, died of diphtheria in February 1866. Around the year 1875, Harris married his cousin, Elizabeth Colby. Leander Harris died on August 25, 1912 in Hampton Falls, NH.

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