Presented by Linda Cunningham Fluharty
Charles J. Harrison, 21, mustered in as Captain of Company "I" 6th West Virginia Infantry 15 Oct 1861, according to the 1864 West Virginia Adjutant General's Report. The 1865 Report gives 27 Dec 1861 as the date of his commission. Harrison mustered out at the expiration of his term of service.
Prior to his service in the 6th Infantry, Charles served as captain of the 4th Ohio County Militia, (West) Virginia State Troops.
The parents of Captain Harrison were George and Clarimond (Woodrow) Harrison, previously residents of Wheeling, Ohio County, (West) Virginia. By 1850, the family had moved to Cumberland, Maryland where Mr. Harrison was a merchant. George Sr., born in England, was 42 at the time of the 1850 census; his wife was 37. Children: Virginia E., 16; George W., 14; Victoria M. B., 12; Charze G. [Charles J.], 10; James F., 3. - The Harrison family is not found in 1860 but they maintained their connections to Wheeling. George Harrison was a delegate from Ohio County to the Second Wheeling Convention.
During the Civil War, Charles' brother, George W. Harrison, helped organize the 1st West Virginia Infantry. Later, he served as AQM in General Kelley's office in Cumberland. Their brother, James Forsyth Harrison, was a young clerk in the Quartermaster's office in Cumberland and he was captured and held at Libby Prison for several months. Upon his release, he became an attorney.
In 1870, Charles was residing in District 6, Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland with his parents and his two youngest brothers, (James) Forsyth and Samuel. Like his father, Charles was employed as a clerk in the U. S. Collection Office.
An excellent biography of Captain Charles J. Harrison and his family was published in Biographical review: Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania, Vol. XXXII. Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1899; pages 130-132.
Charles J. Harrison died 6 Nov 1932 at the age of 91.
Victoria M. B. Harrison, sister of Captain Harrison is not mentioned in the biography, probably because she was deceased.
JENKINS, Victoria M. B., 28 June 1870, wife of George W. Jenkins of Washington County, Pa., daughter of Geo. Harrison, Esq., of Cumberland, Md. Funeral from residence of Mrs. V. E. White, head of Hampden St. in Wheeling - Wheeling Intelligencer & Daily Register 29/30 June 1870. [1870 census, Washington Co., Pa. shows Victoria and George living with his parents; no children listed.]