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Harrison Soule, U.S.V.
Major Harrison Soule, U.S.V.
Major Harrison Soule is a lineal descendant of George Soule, one of the
" Mayflower" Puritans. He was born in Murray, Orleans County, New York,
August, 1832. His parents moved to Marengo, Calhoun County, Michigan, in
1836. Here he worked on his father's farm in the summer, attending the
district school in the winter till his seventeenth year. He was then a
student in Albion College three years, and one year in the Mercantile
College, Detroit, from which he graduated in 1852. He was then employed as
book-keeper and general accountant in a large manufacturing establishment
In 1855 he married Miss Mary E. Parker, by whom he has two daughters,-Mary
Eva, now Mrs. L. L. Clark, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Annah May,
teacher in the State Normal School, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
On the breaking out of the Civil War he was in mercantile business at
Albion, Michigan. Prompted by patriotism, he was one of the first to
enlist in response to the President's call for volunteers. He was ordered
into camp at Fort Wayne, Detroit, for military instruction and discipline
under that gallant old soldier General A. S. Williams. Evincing an
aptitude for military tactics, he was commissioned captain and ordered to
raise a new company of volunteers. This was quickly done, and they were
mustered in as Company I of the Sixth Michigan Volunteer Infantry,
afterwards transferred to the Heavy Artillery Department.
With his regiment he was ordered to Baltimore, Maryland, soon after the
mob fired upon the Union soldiers while passing through that city. Here
Captain Soule was daily on patrol duty or drilling his company until
February, 1862, His regiment was then ordered to Newport News, Virginia,
but soon after embarked on the steamship " Constitution" to join General
B. F. Butler's army of the Gulf Department. After a few weeks on Ship
Island they were taken on the ship " Great Republic" for the capture of
Forts Jackson and St. Philip.
He was next transferred, with his company, to the gunboat " Wissahickon,"
and was with the fleet at the surrender and occupation of New Orleans.
||Major Soule next went with the
fleet, under Commodore Farragut, on the first expedition for the
capture of Vicksburg, led by General Thomas Williams. In short, he
participated in all the campaigns of the Gulf Department, the
history of which is the record of Major Soule. Severely wounded at
Baton Rouge, he was sent North for medical treatment. In three
months, when but partially recovered, he reported for duty to his
regiment, and, with his arm in a sling, engaged in the siege of Port
Major Soule was not off duty a day during the war except for wounds
received in battle, and was honored in general orders for gallant
service in severe engagements during over four years of active
Major Soule holds two commissions as major of his
He declined the first, preferring to be on active duty with his heroic
company than a major of the regiment without command. On receiving the
second commission a year afterwards, he assumed immediate command of the
regiment, as its only superior officer was detailed on other duty. He then
fitted out the serviceable arm and batteries with siege-guns and mortars
for the investment of Mobile, doing active service to the end of the
July 9, 1865, he took the regiment to New Orleans, under orders, and
received a new outfit and armament of light siege-guns, and was
transferred to General Sherman for a campaign to the Texas frontier, in
view of Maximilian's occupation of Mexico; but before any movement of
troops was made affairs there so changed that he was ordered to turn over
all government stores, to muster out under special orders, and to take his
regiment to Michigan to be discharged and paid off, which was done
September 5, 1865.
On returning to civil life, Major Soule was made passenger agent of the
Michigan Central Railroad. For the pact ten years he has been treasurer of
the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Grand Army of the
Republic and a companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the
United States, Commandery of Michigan.
Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who
served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419
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