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 34 Harris, Samuel Stanhope  



Dr. S. S. Harris
Born Sep. 26, 1837
Died Dec. 6, 1897

in New Lorimier Cemetery, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Image of marker from
Memorial Id 7552672


Captain Samuel Stanhope Harris
from "Conrad's Encyclopedia of MO History."

The web pages at says, "He commanded the 'Missouri Volunteers' aboard the C.S.S. Arkansas."


 Capt. Harris was born in Jackson, Missouri, in 1836. He studied medicine at Bellevue Medical College in New York City and afterwards returned home to Missouri to practice. "When a local company of mounted volunteers, the 'Swamp Rangers,' was organized in March, 1861, he was elected 1st Lieutenant. He then took command of the McDowell Battery and commanded it at the Battle of Fredericktown on October 21, 1861. After mustering out of the Missouri State Guard, he organized Harris' Missouri Light Artillery. Volunteers from that battery, among others, were the men who manned the guns on the Arkansas."

also from



In  Myron Smith's Civil War Biographies of the Western Waters, pg. 106, we read that Harris formed his men into the 1st Confederate Regiment and took 60 of them to Yazoo City, where they joined up with the other crewmen of the Arkansas. "Trained as gunners, the Missourians, who agreed to ride the boat only to Vicksburg, manned her Columbiads during her July 15 breakout from the Yazoo River into the Mississippi."


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