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Among the rebels who fell at the siege of Fort Donelson, was Dabney Carr Harrison, who commanded a company from Hanover County, Va. He was wounded in the struggle of Saturday, and was carried on board a steamboat and died on his way to Clarksville. Alluding to his death, the Lynchburgh Virginian says: He was a son of the Rev. Peyton Harrison, of Cumberland, and was himself a minister of the Presbyterian Church. He was chaplain for two years of the University of Virginia, and for some months temporarily in charge of the First Presbyterian Church, in this city. The war found him in charge of a congregation in Hanover County. Impelled by a lofty patriotism, he deemed it his duty to enter the army. He was chosen chaplain of a volunteer company, and soon showed the qualities of an excellent soldier. He was a Christian gentleman of the highest order; a man of education, fine intelligence, genial disposition and polished manners. His brother, a gallant young officer, and three
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
, Twenty-third Virginia Regiment. From Colonel Robert Tansill, of Manassas--The Causes which led to the Failure of the Confederate States; The Great Struggle for Richmond in 1862; Secession and Coercion justified by International Law; The Negro and his Peculiar Admirers; Black Republicanism vs. Liberty and the Union. (These essays are written by Colonel Tansill himself, and are vigorous and emphatic expressions of his views of men and things.) From Thomas Jackson--Roster of Captain Dabney Carr Harrison's Company, Fifty-sixth Virginia Regiment. From J. D. Davidson, Esq., Lexington, Virginia--The First and Last Order of the War — a Ms. Narrative which claims that both were issued by citizens of Lexington. From Judge Robert Ould (through George L. Christian, Esq.)--The Original Muster Rolls of the part of the Army of Northern Virginia Surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse. The rolls contain the autograph signatures of all the general, field and staff officers who were prese
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 3: influence of Christian officers—continued. (search)
army to certain victory, whenever God's blessing precedes the act? Jackson delighted in religious conversation and frequently engaged in it with his whole soul at times least expected by those who did not know him. During one of his battles, while he was waiting in the rear of a part of his command, which he had put in position to engage the attention of the enemy while another division had been sent to flank them, a young officer on his staff gave him a copy of the sketch of Captain Dabney Carr Harrison, a young Presbyterian minister, widely known and loved in Virginia, who had been killed at Fort Donelson. He expressed himself highly gratified at getting the sketch, and entered into an earnest conversation on the power of Christian example. He was interrupted by an officer, who reported the enemy advancing, but paused only long enough to give the laconic order, Open on them, and then resumed the conversation, which he continued for some time, only pausing now and then to recei
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 4: influence of Christian officers—concluded. (search)
ave space for only a part of the sketch of my old friend and brother, Rev. Dabney Carr Harrison, who was chaplain at the university when I was a student there, and ops, and whose abundant labors seem to increase as the years go on. Rev. Dabney Carr Harrison, Captain, company K, Fifty-sixth Virginia Infantry. To furnish a bs of The University memorial. After an exceedingly interesting sketch of Mr. Harrison's early life, education, and services as a minister (especially as chaplain viour Jesus; committing my wife and children to their Father and mine. Dabney Carr Harrison. Precious legacy of love and prayer! Precious testimony of faith and to show that neither of the brothers concerned in its preparation held Captain Harrison in higher regard than any others who knew him well, I append the followingshall be treasured among men, never will the name and the memory of the Rev. Dabney Carr Harrison be forgotten; a gentleman, a scholar, a Christian, a minister, a ma
J. William Jones, Christ in the camp, or religion in Lee's army, Chapter 13: results of the work and proofs of its genuineness (search)
y should resolve to do their whole duty to their country; then kneeling down, he called upon a minister, who was a private in the ranks, to offer prayer. When they arose, nearly every eye was suffused with tears, and God was felt to be present. During that day of battle it is said that three of this company sought and obtained the pardon of their sins. Rev. Dr. J. C. Granberry, then chaplain of the Eleventh Virginia Regiment, thus speaks of Major Carter Harrison, a brother of Captain Dabney Carr Harrison (of whom an extended sketch is given in a previous chapter): I shall never cease to remember with admiration one of the earliest victims of this war, Major Carter Harrison, of the Eleventh Virginia. He was an earnest servant of Christ; modest, firm, unostentatious, zealous. He seized at once the hearts of the regiment by his many virtues, by his courtesy to all and his kind visits to the sick, to whom he bore a word not only of sympathy, but also of pious exhortation. On the l
precious than when the bullets are falling around like hail? Again he writes: I have often heard it said, the worse man, the better soldier. Facts contradict this untruth. Were I ever, as the leader of a forlorn hope, allowed to select my men, it would most certainly be from among the soldiers of Christ, for who should fight so fearlessly and bravely as those to whom death presents no after terrors? You should be braver than the rest of us, said some of his brother officers to Dabney Carr Harrison, one of the heroes of the South in the late war, after witnessing some exhibition of his serene fearlessness in danger. Why so? said he, pleasantly. Because, said they, you have everything settled for eternity. You have nothing to fear after death. Well, gentlemen, he said, solemnly, after a moment's pause, you are right. Everything is settled for eternity; and I have nothing to fear. General Joseph Warren, the first eminent sacrifice in the Revolutionary war, spent two full
heir pieces with most fearful effect. On either side could be heard the voices of those in command cheering on the men. Among the many Christian soldiers who fought and fell on this bloody field, not one has a brighter record than the Rev. Dabney Carr Harrison, who was mortally wounded while bravely leading on his company amid a storm of bullets. The following notice of him was written when the memory of his deeds and his death was fresh in the hearts of his countrymen: When the sun uscript books, he took his pencil and, with a trembling hand, feebly wrote these words, Feb. 16, 1862, Sunday. I die content and happy, trusting in the merits of my Saviour, Jesus, committing my wife and children to their Father and mine.-Dabney Carr Harrison. Precious legacy of love and prayer! Precious testimony of faith and blessedness! When he felt that death was just upon him, he gathered up his remaining strength for one more effort. Resting in the arms of one of his men, and speaki
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.18 (search)
t writer, and an accomplished botanist. With the luminous names of Bland, Wythe, Nicholas, Henry, Robinson, Lee, Waller, Randolph, Pendleton, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Wayles, Page, Corbin, Lyons, Tazewell, Tucker, Cary, Mason, Curle, Ronald, Harrison, and others in succeeding eras you are familiar. Books were a concomitant in the houses of the planter from an early period. I have met with many memorials from Virginia libraries of the seventeenth century in auction sales in Richmond-waifser and exalted position to our own venerable and potential William and Mary College. She leads with three of the fourteen Presidents who have been graduates of American colleges—Jefferson, Monroe and Tyler. (Virginia furnished also Madison and Harrison, as you are aware.) There have been fifteen United States Cabinet officers, a chief and three associate justices of the United States Supreme Court, one lieutenant-general United States army, fourteen United States envoys and ministers, eight
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.23 (search)
ould exist between a subordinate and superior officer, with only occasional official intercourse. It was his habit when on the march to wear what was called then a hunting-shirt, without a coat or any insignia of rank visible. To those who knew him the insignia of a general was stamped on his every feature; but with those who did not know him this omission to display the three stars often led to amusing blunders. It was after we had chased little Mack to the cover of his gunboats at Harrison's landing, and were returning to the lines around Richmond that one of these occurred. I had been directed by the quartermaster of the division (General J. G. Field, since Attorney-General of Virginia), to hold the wagon-train at a given point on the road until ordered forward by him. The train was halted and I placed a faithful sergeant at the head to allow it to move only when ordered by Major Field, while I and others rode off to a spring for water, in full view of the road and distant
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.58 (search)
spatch, June 7, 1891.] Reminiscences of the Fifteenth Virginia Infantry—Death of Captain Dabney Carr Harrison—The Virginia State flag. chase city, Va., June 5, 1891. People appear nevern the trenches awaiting an attack expected as soon as the light of day broke upon us. Captain Dabney Carr Harrison, a Presbyterian minister, commanded a company from Henrico county, Va., in that regimdispensation. But soon there was a strange dispensation of the Almighty. In a few hours Captain Harrison was mortally wounded while gallantly leading a charge on the Federal lines. Strange to say, only one other man of his company was killed. Captain Harrison was a true type of a Christian soldier. I told Dr. Hoge of this incident in his friend's life many years ago, and my impression is, me mention was made of it in a sketch of his life. Saluted Virginias flag. Soon after Captain Harrison had finished the Psalm we saw coming along the lines all the generals and their aids. Our
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