My CW ancestor is Madison William Harris, born in 1843 in Marshall County, MS. He enlisted at age 18 as a Private in the 1st Miss Regiment. I am assuming he was in Co. A, Walker Reserves. When I put the info into the CW Soldiers and Sailors website, all I get is "Sorry, can't be found." What am I doing wrong?
TX Defender - The first listing, Madison W. Harris 1842-1901 is his headstone.
Javal - That is him alright. Note the name of his fourth child, Pratt Madison. Madison gave the name Pratt to his son after a man named Pratt (I don't know if it is a first or last name) that saved his life in the war. The name, Pratt, has been carried forward in the family to today.
I'm wondering, even though the family history says that he was in the 1st MS, if he enlisted in the TN county where Colliersville is. How do I find out about that?
Shelby County, TN does border Mississippi, so its just possible that he was living there when he enlisted in a Mississippi unit. I'd be interested to see the 1860 Census records possibly showing where he and also where Linnie Sloan lived. In all probability, her family lived in Shelby County. Considering her age, he probably married her there after the war.
As for the place of his enlistment, that might be found on pension forms if he applied for one after the war. You might also learn something from 1870 and subsequent Census records. In addition, you might be able to learn more from the West Tennessee Historical Society. (Marriage records, property records, obituaries, etc.).