|Birth: ||Apr. 10, 1842|
|Death: ||Aug. 30, 1940|
Samuel Arron Harrison;
MO Coleman's Battn Cavalry
Enlisted in Civil War 8/9/1862 under Col. Coleman at Eleven Points & was the last veteran to die in Dent Co.;
He was Confederate, and carried a bullet in his collar bone from Battle of West Plains;
He was the last survivor of civil war prison, Alton IL. 12/1864 to 6/3/1865.
Samuel Aaron Harrison was born at Hazelton, Texas County, Missouri, on 10 April 1842. Probably he was related in some manner to William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison, Presidents of the United States.
A member of the Eighth Missouri Volunteers (Confederate), Harrison was captured and interned at the notorious Federal prisoner-of-war camp at Alton, Illinois. In 1938 Harrison revisited the prison and selected a stone from its walls that later served as his tombstone. Harrison died at his home in Anutt, Dent County, Missouri, on 30 August 1940, at the age of ninety-eight.
At the grave is a stone removed from the old cell wall by special permission.
"Samuel Aaron Harrison (Claude Null's grandfather) was the great nephew of President William Henry Harrison. He had been married to Nancy Wright. She died and left him with five children. All 12 children Sammie's and Margaret's all grew up together. During the Civil War, the Union soldiers came to Sam Harrison's home and took Sam's step father and beat him. When Sammie came home, the soldiers asked where he had been. He told them he had been feeding the horses. The soldiers said, "Bushwhacker horses - hang him!" They hung him and he was near dead when they took him down. The soldiers thinking he and his step-father wer almost dead, left. They lived and Sam, instead of becoming a bushwacker, enlisted in the Confederate army. He was in the Wilson Creek Battle at Springfield under General Price. Sam was captured sometime and in prison at Alton, Illinois. His tombstone at Anutt is made from one of the blocks of the prison. Sammie died in 1940 at the age of 98 years. Margaret is buried at Anutt."
* Taken from Edgar Springs - It's History & It's People - pg. 170
"Samuel was the son of Felix and Rachel nee Quick. Samuel Aaron Harrison was married first to Nancy Jane Harmon, the had 7 children (see pg 25 of Ozark Heritage Dent Co. MO Volume III). After his first wife died he married Margaret Mace nee Kitchen, 1887. He left 10 children, 82 grandchildren, 112 great grandchildren, and 23 great great grand children. He enlisted in the Civil War 8-9-1862 under Col. Coleman at Eleven Points and was the last veteran to die in Dent Co. He was a Confederate, and carried a bullet in his collar bone from the Battle of West Plains. He was the last survivor of the Civil War Prison in Alton, IL (12-1864 to 6-3-1865). At the grave is a stone removed from the old cell wall by special permission. Sam had one sister who died at age 2, he moved to Anutt in 1890."
* Taken from Ozark Heritage Dent Co. MO Volume III - pg 25
Margaret Jane Kitchen Harrison (1838 - 1932)*
Created by: Bev
Record added: Mar 01, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10543429