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Harris, William L.


Age: 30, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 7th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, SGT, Co. H, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 12/7/61, m/i 2/12/62, Pvt, Co. A, comn 1LT, 2/25/62 (2/25/62), resgd 10/15/62

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Birth: abt 1831, Middlebury, VT
Death: 12/06/1874

Burial: West Cemetery, Middlebury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 39992875


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Died in California


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West Cemetery, Middlebury, VT

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Dr. William L. Harris, for many years a well-known dentist of this city, died of consumption on Sunday 6th, at Santa Barbara, California. The deceased was a native of Middlebury, and a son of Dr. Nathaniel Harris, a prominent citizen of that town. He first came to Burlington as assistant booker in the employ of J. & J. H. Peck & Co., which position he filled for several years, until he took up the profession of his father, practicing at Boston, Chicago, and in other western cities. In 1858 he returned and located in Burlington. In May 1861, he enlisted and served three months as a Sergeant of the Burlington Light Guard in the first Vermont regiment. In the winter of the same year he again entered the service as First Lieutenant of Co. A, Col. D. B. Peck's company, of the seventh regiment, and remained with that body for nine months during the campaigns at New Orleans, Baton Rouge and vicinity, being at one time in command of the prison ship Algerine. Failing health soon compelled his resignation and his return home. About three years since, he was appointed a clerk in the Treasury Department at Washington, where he remained until the spring of 1873, when the condition of his health obliged him to emigrate to the sanitary locality where his life passed away.

Dr. Harris was skilled in his profession a man of much quickness of intellect and courteousness of demeanor, and an excellent soldier. The news of his death, though hardly unexpected, will be received with regret by his wide circle of acquaintances. His age was 44 years and he leaves a wife and son.

Source: Middlebury Register, December 15, 1874.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.