Moses Harris (soldier) facts for kids
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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