Monday, May 6, 2013
Saddam Hussein was condemned during the golf war for using US troops as human shields…Not so for the Union Commanders that did the same to Southern soldiers… Glory Glory Hallelujah?
Lt. David Harris Terrell of the Concord Rangers
Harris was one of the “Immortal 600” who were sent to Morris Island outside of Charleston. They were placed in a small stockade in front of the Union cannon batteries (Exposed to Confederate artillery fire). Under the hot Low Country sun, they endured wretched conditions, starvation rations, and constant shelling from Confederate artillery.
Many of the officers died before they were finally sent back to Fort Delaware in March 1865. On June 16, 1865, Lt. Harris took an oath of allegiance to the Union and was finally released. He began a long walk home to Georgia and a new beginning.
David and Lithy Harris had nine children after the war. They lived in Dahlonega and later in Hall County. David Harris was a businessman and part-owner of a gold mine. Lt. Harris died in 1912 and is buried in Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville.