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Maj Harold "Little Solon" Borland
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Birth: Sep. 18, 1835
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jul. 20, 1921
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA

His poetic half-sister Fanny's oft-read poem ~ ~ At My Father's Feet, was dedicated to and descriptive of their father, who was statesman, soldier and diplomat, according to the written words of Fay HEMPSTEAD and was saved by Mrs Frances Marion (Harrow) HANGER (in whose Little Rock restored home lives Kay TATUM), so its now published, by Fred ALLSOPP in 1933, Poets and Poetry of Arkansas, pages 26-30.

Veteran: Civil War (CSA)

h/o 1st, Caroline May "Kate" Davis, 2nd Jane Firth.

Birth: 2nd s/o Solon BORLAND (1811-1864) & Huldah G WRIGHT (1809-1837), possibly (?) a nephew of Dr Weldon Edwards WRIGHT and Sarah Eliza Ann (Wright) LEA, raised following his mother's 1837 Memphis death by uncle Euclid BORLAND and wife near Holly Springs, Marshall county, Mississippi until around 1845.

Census: 1850, Hot Springs, Hot Springs now Garland county, Arkansas with parents, two siblings and a Medical doctor with wife, listed "Little Solon".

Entered United States Military Academy in 1854 under Superintendent Robert E LEE (1807-1870), who served with Solon BORLAND at end of Mexican War, and his Commandant of Cadets was "Old Reliable", William Joseph HARDEE (1815-1873), who, as a General, in 1861 was replaced by Harold's father, Colonel Solon BORLAND, to command the North Arkansas District, CSA. ( graduating last in Class of 1860, same as Gen Custer in following Class of 1861)

Census: 1860, age 24 Corwall township, Orange county, New York at United States Military Academy, 40th of 200, listed incorrectly as born Vermont.

Major Borland surprised his half-sisters when arriving in Princeton, Arkansas 30 DEC 1864, shortly after his exchange as a union prisoner, so mentioned in Virginia Davis GRAY's 1983 published diary (Library info at the University of Arkansas/Special Collections) MC-1618

Fall 1867 Harold escorted Virginia GRAY and new baby Carl to Little Rock by overnight stagecoach, upon arrival found door locked, then that evening found door still locked at Oliver's home so broke into the house to escape the chilled fall air. He is mentioned by Virginia in her letters as visiting Little Rock thereafter.

Census: 1870, age 30 Clarksville, Johnson county, Arkansas, a civil engineer (West Pointer).

Census of 1880, Faulkner County, Arkansas, has deceased half-sister Fanny's 10 y/o orphaned son, George Borland MOORES in household with he and 1st wife, but George, like Harold's son Charles and other half-sister Mollie's son, George M Beattie, except in letter by her step-father, are never again found by us.

~ Fay Hempstead noted Harold was a resident of Clarksville [Johnson county] in his published book, A Pictorial History of Arkansas: From Earliest Times to the Year 1890.

~ Applied for and approved while residing in Howard county, Arkansas in 1901 to receive
Census of 1910, Pulaski county, Arkansas, Big Rock township, Confederate Soldiers Home, Harald(sic) Borland, age 75 widowed.

Census of 1920 Pulaski county, Arkansas, Badgett township, Sweet Home Arkansas, Confederate Home, Marsell(sic) Borland, age 84 widowed.

Death: in Confederate Veteran's Home where he had resided several years.


Copy from Arkansas History Commission

The Arkansas Gazette
Friday: July 22, 1921: p 7, c 3

MAJOR HAROLD BORLAND Civil War Veteran and Pioneer Arkansan Dies at Confederate Home.

Maj Harold Borland, aged 86, son of the late United States Senator Solon Borland and a member of one of the pioneer families of Arkansas, died at the Confederate Home late Wednesday night.

Major Borland was a graduate from West Point in 1860, and the following year a first lieutenant, resigned from the United States army to enlist with his father in the Confederate army. His father was a major in the cavalry [Mexican war, colonel during Civil War].

He was appointed a lieutenant in the Confederate army and at the termination of war was promoted to rank of major. He was held as a prisoner in Fortress Monroe, but just before the struggle ended was returned in an exchange of prisoners.

Major Borland's [2nd] wife died about 20 years ago. He is survived by two sons, Russell [Fleming] Borland of Little Rock and Charles Borland, a veteran of the World war. The latter's whereabouts are not known. The body is held at the parlor's of Healy & Roth pending the completion of funeral arrangements.

[Harold Borland is buried in Little Rock National Cemetery, Confederate #1001]

Father: Solon Borland b: 8 AUG 1811 Suffolk, Nansemond county, Virginia.
Mother: Huldah G (Godwin?) Wright b: 1809 Virginia.

Marriage 1: Caroline May "Kate" Davis b: 9 DEC 1853 Johnson county, Arkansas
Married: 5 OCT 1871 Clarksville, Johnson county, Arkansas

Known Child

Percy L Borland b: 1882 Johnson county, Arkansas.

Marriage 2: Jane Frith b: (currently unknown)
Married: 26 APR 1891 Prairie county, Arkansas.

Known Children

Russell Fleming Borland b: 1895 Arkansas.

Charles Borland b: (currently unknown)


(Transcribed 02/17/06, wsb)


Copy from The United States Military Academy who furnished following:



No 1887 -- Class 1860

Died July 20, 1921, at Little Rock, Arkansas, aged 86 years.

Harold Borland was born in North Carolina, September 18, 1835. His father was Solon Borland, an officer in the Mexican War. State Senator from Arkansas, and an officer in the Confederate Service, dying while [after] a Colonel, commanding the 3rd Arkansas Cavalry.

Harold Borland entered the Military Academy July 1, 1854 and was graduated July 1,1860, and commissioned a Brevet Second Lieutenant of Infantry. He served at Newport Barracks, Kentucky, under Major Sidney Burbank, and resigned March 31, 1861.

He went at once to the provisional seat of the Confederate Government at Montgomery, Alabama, and tendered his services in person to President Davis. He was commissioned a Major and reported to General Braxton Bragg a Pensacola, Florida, where he served with the Engineers and with the Quartermaster Department. He was, for a time Assistant Adjutant General on the staff of General Slaughter, and while serving as such was, August 16, 1863, captured aboard the "Alice Vivian", which was endeavoring to run the blockade from Mobile to Havana with 550 bales of cotton. He was held prisoner at Fort Warren, Boston Harbor, until exchanged on October 1, 1864.

He rejoined his command and served to the end of the war, getting with General Slaughter, after the general surrender, to Matamoros, Mexico. They returned later by way of Brownsville, Texas to New Orleans, where General E Kirby Smith secured their paroles.

After the war he resided in Arkansas. He taught school for a while and later employed in the United States Revenue Service.

He was twice married, both wives being dead. He had two sons in the service during the World War --- one in the Navy, the other a machine gunner who went through the entire campaign on the Western Front in France from July 18 to November 11, 1918.

In his later years he was an inmate of the Confederate Veteran's Home at Sweet Home, Pulaski County, Arkansas.[13-1/2 yrs]



Revised: 11/22/13

Prepared in part by Bill Boggess.
Family links: 
  Solon Borland (1811 - 1864)
  Huldah G Wright Borland (1809 - 1837)
  Caroline May Davis Borland (1853 - 1886)*
  Russell Fleming Borland (____ - 1937)*
  Percy L Borland (1882 - 1902)*
  Thomas Borland (1833 - 1859)*
  Harold Borland (1835 - 1921)
  George Godwin Borland (1846 - 1862)**
  Fanny Green Borland Moores (1848 - 1879)**
  Mary Melbourne Borland Gray (1850 - 1938)**
*Calculated relationship
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Arkansas, USA
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