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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1834

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

Arnold Harris

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1829, to July 1, 1834, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1834.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1834‑37; as Aide-de-

(Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, June 1, 1835)

Camp to Bvt. Brig.‑General Arbuckle, Sep., 1836, to Jan. 20, 1837.

Resigned, Mar. 8, 1837.

Civil History. — Merchant, Ft. Smith, Ark., 1837‑44. U. S. Indian Agent for removing Choctaws, 1845‑47. Agent for Pacific Mails from New Orleans to Oregon, via Panama, 1847‑61; and Contractor for carrying the Mails, 1847‑59. Agent of Louisiana Tehuantepec Company for Transit route and Railroad across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mex., 1858‑61.​a Commission Merchant at New Orleans, La., 1848‑61. Taken prisoner, July 24, 1861, on the battlefield of Bull Run, Va., where he had gone under a flag of truce, to recover the body of Colonel Cameron, and was imprisoned for six months at Richmond, Va.

Died, Apr. 2, 1866, at Midway, Ky: Aged 56.

Thayer's Note:

a The saga of the Tehuantepec Railroad is interestingly told in Diplomacy of the United States and Mexico regarding the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, 1848‑1860.

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