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[423] under his directions, that when Savannah fell, the family of General Harrison, then residing in that city, was specially mentioned for protection in the general orders of the Federal commander. In February, 1864, Colonel Harrison took a conspicuous part in the campaign in Florida against the Federals under Seymour, who advanced into the interior from Jacksonville and endeavored to isolate Florida from the Confederacy. He was put in command of one of the two brigades of Confederates, the other being commanded by Gen.. A. H. Colquitt, and in the decisive battle of Olustee, aided materially in the defeat of the Federal expedition. He was then promoted brigadier-general, and with this rank continued in the command of his brigade, attached to A. P. Stewart's corps, during the campaign in the Carolinas. He fought at Honey Hill and Pocotaligo, and for several weeks commanded the line on the Coosawhatchie, with continual skirmishing against vastly superior forces, until Hardee could evacuate Savannah, ‘one of the neatest achievements of the war.’ General Harrison was subsequently engaged at Rivers' bridge, Broxton's bridge, at Cheraw, S. C., and kept up a running fight on the march to Averasboro, covering the retreat of Hardee. Finally, at the battle of Bentonville, he participated honorably in the last important battle in the Carolinas. General Harrison was a brave and daring soldier, and in action shared the dangers of his men. He was twice wounded in battle on John's island, and at Olustee was again wounded and had his horse killed under him. At the close of the war he had just passed his twenty-fourth birthday. He removed to Alabama, where he has ever since made his home, at Opelika. Having studied law during the war, he was soon licensed to practice. Meanwhile he had been elected commandant of cadets at the university of Alabama. This position he declined but subsequently accepted, and served one year in the same position at the State agricultural college. Resuming the practice of

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