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William Selby Harney
Birth: Aug. 27, 1800
Death: May 9, 1889

Civil War Union Brigadier General. Born in Haysboro, Tennessee, the son of Thomas and Margaret Harney. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the First United States Infantry in February of 1818. He fought in the First Seminole War and was promoted to First Lieutenant in January 1819. Harney was promoted to Major in the Paymaster Corps in May 1833 and then to Lieutenant Colonel of the Second Dragoons in August 1836. For ‘gallant and meritorious conduct' against the Seminoles in the Second Seminole War, he was brevetted to Colonel in 1840, after which he was transferred to Fort Washita, Texas. During the prelude to the Mexican War, he was promoted to Colonel of the Second Dragoons and stationed at San Antonio, Texas. He fought in the vanguard of Brigadier General John Wool's campaign against Chihuahua, and at the battle of Buena Vista under Major General Zachary Taylor. He was brevetted to Brigadier General in 1847 for his conduct during the battle of Cerro Gordo. In 1849 Harney assumed command of Military Department Number Five, which comprised almost all of Texas. In 1854 he was reassigned to the north plains. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Harney was commander of the Department of the West. He was relieved of his command in 1861 probably as a result of his southern connections. He retired from active duty in 1863, but received a final brevet to Major General in 1865 for ‘long and faithful service.' That same year he was appointed an Indian peace commission by President Andrew Johnson. He was instrumental in negotiating the Treaty of Little Arkansas with the Comanche and Kiowa in 1865; the Medicine Lodge Treaty of 1867; the Fort Laramie Treaty with the Brule Sioux in 1868; and urged Congress to honor past treaties. The Sioux were said to call him ‘Man-who-always-kept-his-word.' He then retired to Pass Christian, Mississippi, later moving to Orlando, Florida where he died at age 88. He was re-interred at Arlington National Cemetery in 1889 in the Officers Section. Lake Harney in Florida, Harney Peak in South Dakota, and Harney County Oregon are all named in his honor. (bio by: Iola) 
 
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  John Mullanphy Harney (1847 - 1905)*
 
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Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 1, Lot 117
 
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Record added: Oct 24, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5885404
William Selby Harney
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RIP
- Mike Caldwell
 Added: May. 9, 2014
Sir, Thank You sir for your service, this is coming from the 5 Miller brothers who also proudly served Our Country.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: May. 5, 2014
William is my 2G Grandfather. I have some of his personal items in my Family Collection, including his U.S. Army military vest and his stationary initial embosser. Would enjoy hearing from any other relatives by email at usrutledge@gmail.com
- John D. Rutledge
 Added: Nov. 8, 2013
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