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Mr. Arnold Harris

We regret to find that we have done intentional wrong to a worthy and honorable gentleman, Major Arnold Harris, in identifying him with Captain Arnold Harris, who is accused, on ex parte evidence, of being the author of the capture of Major Reid Sounders's dispatches. Major Arnold Harris is not a "Pennsylvania politician," being a native of Tennessee and the husband of a Tennessee lady, (daughter of the late General Armstrong, the companion-in-arms of Andrew Jackson, and former proprietor of the Washington Union) He graduated at West Point, and after serving for some years with credit in the old army, he resigned his commission and became one of the most successful merchants of New Orleans, where he has always stood high in the community as a gentleman and a liberal and public-spirited citizens. A few years ago, Major Harris, having accumulated a handsome fortune in business, left New Orleans and settled with his family in Washington city, where he had removed in order to superintend the education of his children. His arrest at Manassas — where he came several days after the battle was owing to a total misapprehension of his motives, and the examination which subsequently took place before Judge Lyons led to his immediate and honorable discharge, and a passport for Washington was offered to him by Mr. Benjamin, of which he declined to avail himself, preferring to remain with his friends and relatives, who are all Southern By remaining here Major Harris has sacrificed a large amount of property; he has never left the Confederacy since that period, and has been unremitting in his efforts to contribute to the success of our cause. Whilst in Washington all his associations and sympathize were with Southern men, and his consistent adherence to the cause of the South in the midst of the violent excitement which prevailed there after the secession of Virginia is vouched for by such men as John C. Breckinridge, with whom he was in constant association, and who has warmly recommended to President Davis for a high military position. The great esteem in which Major Harris is held by gentlemen of the highest character and respectability throughout the South, is the best evidence of his patriotism and personal worth.

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