Historical Rosters Database
William Henry Harrison ElginRoster ID 1069
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|Middle Name:||Henry Harrison|
|Affiliation:||Class of 1862|
|Biography & Genealogy:||William Henry Harrison Elgin, Class of 1862: Born- Nov. 25, 1840. Matriculated from Fayette, Missouri. At VMI 2 years, having entered as a 3d Classman (sophomore). Military Record: Served as a Drillmaster in Richmond during the spring of 1861; relocated to Missouri and appointed Captain and Adjutant, 1st Cavalry Battalion, 3d Division, Missouri State Guard; captured (probably Sep. 1861) returning from furlough, but paroled; Recaptured on Dec. 11, 1862 ("parole revoked") in St. Louis County, Missouri; held in prisons in St. Louis, Missouri; Alton, Illinois; and Camp Chase, Ohio; exchanged at City Point (now Hopewell) in the spring of 1863; unofficial source says he served with Missouri troops in Vicksburg, Mississippi while en route to Tans-Mississippi; he became ill (chronic diarrhea) and was deemed unfit for duty; he later recovered and joined Brigadier General M.J. Thompson (Missouri state forces); as Private, Company K, 8th Missouri, Army of the North Subdistrict of Arkansas, on roll of Prisioners of War surrendered May 11, 1865; paroled at Jacksonport, Arkansas on June 5, 1865. Post War Career: Civil engineer, merchant. Died- May 22, 1906 in St. Louis, Missouri.|