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George W. Harris
Personal Information
Born: March 6, 1835(1835-03-06)
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Died: Template:Death date or 1921[1]
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
Union Army
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Rank: Private
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Unit: Company B, 148th Pennsylvania Infantry
Battles: American Civil War
 • Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Awards: Medal of Honor
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George W. Harris (March 6, 1835 – January 30, 1920 or 1921[1]) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.[2]

Harris died at age 84 or 85 and was buried at Union Cemetery in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and organization: Private, Company B, 148th Pennsylvania Infantry. Place and date: At Spotsylvania, Va., 12 May 1864. Entered service at: Bellefonte, Pa. Birth: Schuylkill, Pa. Date of issue: 1 December 1864.[2]


Capture of flag, wresting it from the color bearer and shooting an officer who attempted to regain it.[2]

See also[]

  • List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: G–L


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Sources are inconsistent on Harris' year of death. His government issued headstone gives January 30, 1921, while his personal headstone gives 1920.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients (A–L)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. January 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  3. "George W. Harris (1835–1920)". Find A Grave. October 19, 2001. Retrieved 2009-07-28.