Tag: George H. Harris

James Flaherty

James Flaherty

James Flaherty was a resident of Mansfield on August 18, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. D of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. He deserted on March 18, 1863.

Accordingly to letters sent by fellow soldier George H. Harris to Mrs. Harris, he was granted a furlough but did not return when the time had expired.

“He has not got back yet nor [do] we not here from him wheather he is sick or skedaddled.”

The Harris Letters, March 28, 1863

The descriptive muster roll of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 25 and his occupation as farmer.  He is described as 5’ 8” tall with a light complexion and dark hair and blue eyes.  His marital status is married. 

The only James Flaherty living in Mansfield in the 1860 U.S. census was 9 years old which would make him no older than 11 or 12 years old in 1862 if it was the same individual.

 No further information is known.

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George H. Harris

George H. Harris

George H. Harris was a resident of Mansfield on August 11, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. D of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry; he was mustered out June 16, 1865.

The descriptive muster roll of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 34 and his occupation as farmer.  He is described as 5’ 6” tall with a fair complexion and brown hair and hazel eyes. 

He was born about 1827 in Mansfield to Daniel Parker and Anna (Bettis) Harris.  In the 1860 U.S. census in Mansfield, he is a 33 year old head of household who is both a farmer and an overseer of the poor. There are 18 individuals listed as paupers living in his household. George Harris married Eunice M. Reynolds between 1850 and 1855. Children include: Marianna F. Harris, born about 1855 and John C. F. Harris, born about 1857. George Harris married second, Lydia E. (_____) Bentley on July 10, 1887 in Mansfield.

Following the war, George Harris returned to Mansfield and resumed farming. In 1876, he purchased an old gristmill located near the Gurley Cemetery in Mansfield.  He repurposed it as a bone mill for manufacturing fertilizer.  Bone Mill Road owes its name to this enterprise.  

Photograph of the house of George H. Harris and family.  Still standing, it is located at 852 Stafford Road (Route 32) in Mansfield.

On March 15, 1882, he applied for an invalid pension, No. 442,881 that was granted under certificate No. 587,621. His widow applied for a pension.

George H. Harris died on November 16, 1897 in Mansfield and is buried at the Gurley Cemetery in Mansfield.

The Letters of George Harris

Bruce John loaned the Mansfield Historical Society over thirty letters written by his great-great-grandfather George H. Harris to his family in Eagleville in the original steps of this project.  These letters are of special interest for they not only recount the soldier’s experiences but also reveal much about life at home. His letters are filled with concerns for his family’s well being and his yearnings to be home with them.

In an attempt to digitize, the Mansfield Historical Society currently only has the ability to publish the transcripts of some of these letters, including those referencing other Mansfield soldiers such as James Flaherty.

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