Harriss family letters
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Harriss family letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Harriss family.
Title: Harriss family letters
Dates: 1864-1865
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 2260

Biographical/Historical Note

Jordan Carroll Harriss was born circa 1841 in Illinois and was married to Eliza Harriss. He enlisted as a Corporal in the Union Army on 7 August 1862 while living in Perry County, Illinois. He served in Company A, 81st Infantry Regiment Illinois and was promoted to Full Sergeant by the time he mustered out on 17 June 1865.

Jordan's brother, Edward M. Harriss enlisted in the Union Army on 8 January 1862 while living in Perry County, Illinois. He also served in Company A, 81st Infantry Regiment Illinois and was promoted to Full Corporal.

Both brothers were captured after a battle near Guntown, Mississippi, on 10 June 1864. For the remainder of the war they were held as prisoners of war throughout the South including Andersonville Prison and Camp Lawton, both located in Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains letters between members of the Harriss family dated 1864 to 1865. The first letter, dated 12 November 1864 was rewritten on 27 November 1863(4) by a messenger after the original was damaged in route to Illinois. It was originally written from Corp. Jordan Carroll Harriss while at Camp Lawton Prison in Millen, Georgia, to his wife, Eliza Harriss, of Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois. It mentions prison and the conditions under which he is living. His wife’s reply, dated 23 December 1864 is also included in the collection. In it, she describes the joy she feels knowing that he is alive. The last letter in the collection is dated 4 May 1865 and is from Corp. Edward M. Harriss and Jordan Harriss to their parents and relatives in Jacksonville, Florida. In this letter they express the hardships of prison life and mention the deaths of both Richard Wilks and Orson Thornton (Jordon's brother-in-law).

Index Terms

Andersonville Prison.
Camp Lawton (Prison stockade)
Harriss, Edward M.
Harriss, Eliza.
Harriss, Jordan Carroll, b. approximately 1841.
Letters (correspondence)
Prisoners of war.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.
United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 81st (1862-1865). Company A.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

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