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Moses Harris
Born (1837-10-08)October 8, 1837
Andover, New Hampshire
Died June 27, 1927(1927-06-27) (aged 89)
New York, USA
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1857 - 1893
Rank Major
Unit United States 1st U.S. Cavalry
Awards Medal of Honor
Spouse(s) Abba Eliza Boutelle Harris
Relations Eleanor Sarah Harris Haverstick daughter
Margaret Boutelle Harris daughter

Moses Harris (October 8, 1837 – June 27, 1927) was an officer in the United States Army who fought for the Union during the American Civil War and was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Harris was born on October 8, 1837, in Andover, New Hampshire. He enlisted in the army in 1857, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in May 1864. While a First Lieutenant in the 1st U.S. Cavalry, on August 28, 1864, at Smithfield, Virginia, Harris was faced with an attack by a superior force. After the engagement, Harris was cited as having "personal gallantry" ... "so conspicuous as to inspire the men to extraordinary efforts, resulting in complete rout of the enemy." For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on November 23, 1896.

Harris served the rest of his career in the 1st US Cavalry, rising to Major of the regiment. From 1886 to 1889, he served as the first military superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. He also married Abba Eliza Boutelle Harris (1841–1916), and had two daughters: Eleanor Sarah Harris Haverstick (1876–1949), and Margaret Boutelle Harris (1878–1970). Harris died on June 27, 1927, in New York, USA, and was buried in the United States Military Academy Post Cemetery.

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