|Birth: ||Mar. 20, 1837|
|Death: ||Apr. 4, 1919|
John Thomas Harris was born in Virginia, where he spent his childhood, youth, and young manhood. On 30 Aug 1860 he married Rachel Caroline Porter. John and Rachel had nine children: Jefferson Davis, William Thomas, Albert Grant, Samuel N, Josephine (Melton), Maggie Porter (Spittler), Nannie Ella (Thomas), Hettie Mary (Elliott), and Edith Mae (Killon).
John T Harris was a veteran of the Civil War. He enlisted in Jan 1862 in Co K 63rd Virginia Infantry of the Confederate Army. He was wounded near Tunnell Hill, Georgia, and toward the close of the war he was captured by union troops at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, and was confined to Camp Douglas, the military prison at Chicago, for ten months. After his release, he walked the majority of the way back to his Virginia home. John was interviewed by the Fremont County Herald regarding his service in the Civil War and said he had but one grand sentiment to express and that is "that the country may never be divided so that war may ensure and that the Star Spangled Banner may float unmolested."
In 1866 he moved to Illinois where he resided until his return to Virginia in 1873. In 1885 he moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and in 1890 to Sidney, Iowa, where he was a resident until his death.
John T Harris died from a stroke at the home of his daughter northeast of Council Bluffs at the age of 82 years and 14 days. The pallbearers at his funeral were two Confederate veteras; H.C. Byars and T.C. Hatten, and four Union veterans; H Spittler, L Love, CH Polk, and J Wright.
Rachel Caroline Porter Harris (1842 - 1921)
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Co K 63rd Virginia Infantry.|
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