Willis O. Harris Collection
The collection consists of one letter from New Market Cadet Willis O. Harris (Class of 1867), written from VMI on April 17th, 1864. Although primarily containing comments on family news, Harris does mention the uncertainty of whether or not the Corps will be called into the Army and expresses his wish to "have the credit of contributing to the common cause before peace is declared." Less than a month later Harris participated as a cadet in the Battle of New Market. Other documents in the collection are 1 page from the family bible, listing births of his siblings, 1831-1852; typescript tribute to Judge Harris (1911); pamphlet"Some Great Lawyers of Kentucky"; and a candid photo of Judge Harris, circa 1900.
- 1864 - 1911
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Biographical / Historical
Willis O. Harris, born 1847; Virginia Military Institute Class of 1867 & New Market Cadet; had a career as a lawyer and judge in Louisville, KY., died 1911