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Harless, N. B. - Gen.

YOUTHFUL FOES, FRIENDS AT LIFE’S END—

NORTHERN VETERAN WEEPS OVER DEATH OF HOUSTON CONFEDERATE

HOUSTON, Jan. 3—(AP)—An old soldier of the north, John Shearer, 91, who marched to the sea with General Sherman, marched tonight to the bier of N. B. Harless, 92, an old soldier of the south, to weep.

Pledged to kill each other in their teens, they came to the sunset of life as warm friends.

Harless, a private in the Confederate army, but a general commanding the trans-Mississippi department of the gray clad veterans at his death, died today of a heart ailment.

The stout old heart that bore him unscathed through the rifle and shell fire in the battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Corinth, Holly Springs and Dixon Rouge, stopped today in a hospital. Harless was one of the last five Confederate veterans in Houston.

Shearer, the last man of the army of the north still living in Houston, wept when he was told General Harless was dead.

“We fought each other at Vicksburg,” he said, “but that was a long long time ago. Today we were like brothers. He was a fine and a brave old man.”

Wrapped in his beloved flag of the Confederacy—the stars and bars—General Harless’ body will be buried Thursday. It will be in state until the funeral.

Last year when the soldiers of the north and south made their pilgrimage to Gettysburg, Pa. scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the war between the states, General Harless and Shearer went on the same train.

There General Harless, then state-commander of the Texas United Confederate veterans, was made honorary lifetime commander of the trans-Mississippi department of the U.C.V.

Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 4 Jan 1939



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