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Collection Title: Harrison (George Paul) Letter

Collection Number: M241

Dates: January 23, 1897

Volume: 1 item

Provenance: Donated by Ernest A. Walen to the University of Southern Mississippi in October 1969. This collection was separated from M123.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

George Paul Harrison (1841-1922), born near Savannah, Georgia, graduated from the Georgia Military Institute in 1861 and immediately entered Confederate Service as a second lieutenant in the 1st Georgia Regulars. He was later promoted to colonel commanding the 5th, then the 32nd Georgia Infantry and was given a brigade in July 1863. Various sources say he was promoted to brigadier-general in the winter of 1864 or spring of 1865. Harrison practiced law in Alabama after the war, was a delegate to the Alabama Constitutional Conventions of 1875 and 1901, served as an Alabama state senator from 1878-1884 and 1900-1904, and as a U.S. Representative from the state of Alabama during 1894-1897. Harrison died on July 17, 1922.

James Henry Lane (1833-1907), a Virginia native, graduated from the Virginia Military Institute on July 4, 1854. In 1857 he graduated from the University of Virginia in science and returned to V.M.I. to teach mathematics and military tactics. At the time of the attack on Ft. Sumter, Lane was teaching natural philosophy and military tactics at North Carolina Military Institute, and when he volunteered for confederate service in the spring of 1861, he was elected major of the 1st Regiment of North Carolina Volunteers. Later in the year he was elected lieutenant-colonel and then promoted to brigadier-general on November 1, 1862, at the age of 29. Lane was with the Army of Virginia during the entire conflict and was especially active at Sharpsburg, Gettysburg and the Peninsular campaign. After the war, Lane taught at private schools in North Carolina and Virginia until 1872, when he became commandant at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and instructor of natural philosophy. He later spent a year in the Missouri School of Mines and taught civil engineering at Alabama Polytechnic Institute at Auburn until his retirement and subsequent death in 1907.

Scope and Content:

This document is a letter from U.S. Congressman George Paul Harrison of Alabama to ex-Confederate Brigadier-General James Henry Lane of Auburn, Alabama. In the letter written from Washington, D.C., Harrison informs Lane that he will be receiving the entire set of Union and Confederate Navies of the War of the Rebellion despite the opposition of a Mr. Clayton.


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