Philip Harper

BirthOct. 21, 1840
DeathFeb. 27, 1933
CemeteryDavid City (David City)
PostLincoln (David City)
Unit8th Ohio Cavalry, Company L

Private Philip Harper

Band, 42nd Ohio Infantry

Company L, 8th Ohio Cavalry

Harper was born in West Milton (Miami County), Ohio on October 21, 1840. He enlisted in the 42nd Ohio Infantry on September 10, 1861 as a band member. Harper was mustered on November 27, 1861 and served about 5 months. He was discharged on April 30, 1862.

He rejoined the Union Army as a member of the 8th Ohio Cavalry. Harper enlisted on February 29, 1864 and was mustered on April 9, 1864. He served about 1 year and 4 months before being discharged on July 30, 1865 at Clarksburg, West Virginian.

The 8th Ohio Cavalry was organized from the 44th Ohio Infantry on January 4, 1864 at Camp Denison. The unit was assigned to Virginia and West Virginia and was involved in several major battles in 1864. Some of them include:

Battle of Winchester (VA) (September 19, 1864).

Battle of Fisher’s Hill (VA) (September 22, 1864).

Battle of Cedar Creek (VA) (October 19, 1864).

Harper died on February 27, 1933 at the age of 92 years. He is buried in the David City Cemetery in David City (Butler County), Nebraska. Harper was a member of the Lincoln Post (#10) of the Grand Army of the Republic in David City.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.