HARRIS,B. F. Major - C.S.A.
May 1, 1903Major B. F. Harris
Native Trigg Countian Who Was A Gallant Soldier
Successful Merchant At Rock Castle, Canton and Paducah
Now Lives At Madisonville
Madisonville Graphic We present to our readers a splendid likeness of Major F. B. Harris of Morton's Gap. He was born in 1845 on a farm in Trigg county, and at an early age lost his father by death. Although nothing but a mere boy when the war broke out between the states, young Harris stole away from his widowed mother, entered the Confederate army and was a soldier until the last gun had been fired and the last man had surrendered.
He enlisted at Cadiz under Col. Thomas Woodard,. This was known as Woodward's Battalion, 2nd Ky Cavalry. He attached himself to Company B. It was not long before he was placed under the command of General Bedford Forrest. Major Harris was with Forrest in the successful raids through West Tennessee in which the Federals were defeated at Lexington, Jackson, Humbolt, Trenton, Union City, and Parkers Cross Roads.
In February 1863, he was with fighting Joe Wheeler when he made the attack on Fort Donelson. He was in the battle of Chickamauga, and followed General Wheeler until the close of the war. He was in all the engagement of the Atlanta campaign when Sherman marched to Savannah, fought with Wheeler in his front through Georgia and the Carolinas.
When General Lee had surrendered and President Davis and his cabinet came through the Carolinas, hoping to make another stand in the west, he was one of Davis' escorts to Washington, Ga.
When the war closed Major Harris came home, was in the mercantile business successively at Rock Castle, Canton and Paducah. For the past 21 years he has been in the employ of the St. Bernard Co. one of the most prominent coal companies in the state. He has for years held the responsible position of Superintendent of the South Diamond Mine at Morton's Gap.
He is a member of Madisonville Camp, U.C. V., is a delegate to the Confederate Veteran's association to be held in New Orleans next week. He is also a member of Col. Bennet H. Young's staff, having been appointed Asst. Pay Master and as Major.
Major Harris is one of the good honest, sober, moral upright citizens of the county. He is a Christian gentleman, a man of integrity, truth to his friends and convictions and numbers his friends by the thousands. No man stands higher in the estimation of the people generally than does Major Harris.