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William H Harris
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Birth: Jun. 5, 1841
Death: May 17, 1919

History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten

Pages 450 - 469

WILLIAM H. HARRIS was born on a farm near Browning, Schuyler county, Illinois, June 5, 1841, passed his early years on a farm, and enlisted from Browning. He served with his company through all the campaigns in which the regiment was engaged until captured neat the boundary line between North and South Carolina, March 3, 1865. He was held in rebel prisons until the close of the war, and honorably discharged June 17, 1865. He is a merchant and farmer, and resides at Browning, Ill.

Recruiting for Company H was commenced on July 31st, and by the 6th of August, 1862, the first of two companies enlisted at Astoria had been enrolled. As with Company G, this company stands on the record as having been enrolled by the FHon. S. P. Cummings. At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: Nathaniel McClelland, captain, Luke Elliot, first lieutenant, and William Cohren, second lieutenant.

During the three years' service 29 of this company were hit with shot or shell, 4 of whom were killed action , 1 died of wounds, 24 received wounds from which they recovered or were discharged, 6 officers resigned, 11 men died of disease, 24 were discharged, 6 were transferred, and 45 were present at the final muster out.

Of Company H it may be fairly said that it performed its full measure of duty, bore its full share of hardships and suffered it full proportion of loss. The record of the regiment was made brighter by its harmonious action in camp and field, by its steady, soldierly bearing in battle, and its prompt and intelligent response to every call for duty. 
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  Minerva Ann Bushnell Harris (1842 - 1900)*
  Leila Harris (1875 - 1895)*
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Oak Grove Cemetery
Fulton County
Illinois, USA
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