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[238] their country. Entering the service in the Fifteenth Texas infantry, he was made lieutenant-colonel of the regiment, which he frequently led into battle, the colonel, J. W. Spaight, being often in command of the brigade. A great deal of the service of these soldiers was taken up with watching the enemy, cutting off his foraging parties, skirmishing with detachments, and making things generally uncomfortable for the Federal soldiers. On September 29, 1863, Gen. Thomas Green, commanding a brigade in the army under Gen. Richard Taylor, in Louisiana, attacked a considerable force of the enemy at Fordoche bridge and gained a decisive victory, capturing nearly 500 prisoners, two 10-pounder Parrott guns, and many fine arms and accouterments, which enabled every man with an inferior weapon to secure a good one. General Green, in his report of this affair, said: ‘To Lieut.-Col. J. E. Harrison, commanding Spaight's brigade, F. N. Clark and Maj. John W. Daniel, who led their commands most gallantly to the attack, all honor is due, and to the officers of their several commands, who displayed great coolness in the action. Many of them had never been under fire before, but moved like veterans up to the enemy under a heavy fire and succeeded in driving them from house to house up to the levee. The heavy loss sustained by Spaight's brigade shows the desperate nature of the conflict.’ Gen. Richard Taylor also spoke in high commendation of the conduct of Harrison. On November 1, 1863, at Bayou Bourbeau, General Green gained another victory, capturing 600 prisoners, another cannon, and a large quantity of improved arms and accouterments. On this occasion he again praised Lieutenant-Colonel Harrison. Throughout the operations in Louisiana in 1864, Colonel Harrison led his regiment, and, finally, at the end of the year, received his commission as brigadiergen-eral. In the spring of 1865 the war ended. General Harrison then returned to Texas, and in recent years has been a citizen of Waco.


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