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If you’ve visited the Coster Avenue mural lately, you’ve likely noticed something different. The mural has not only been restored but also sheltered behind glass, with has its positives and negatives. First and foremost, I’m glad it’s protected and will last hopefully for generations. On the other hand, with all the houses across the street reflecting on the glass, it makes taking photos a little tricky. The monument at left is the 154TH New York Infantry.
PVT. SAMUEL HARRIS
1ST LT. WILLIAM E. HARRIS
Co. F, 45TH North Carolina Infantry
Brothers Samuel and William enlisted in March 1862. Though Samuel was single, William was married to a lady named Rachel, and they had four children. William died on the first day of battle while Samuel lingered until the 15TH of July. It is believed that Samuel, not yet injured, may have buried William, little dreaming he himself would soon be mortally wounded.This was not the Harris family’s only tragedy. Another brother, John, had died only two months earlier of typhoid fever, and brother James was taken prisoner twice until he was released in July 1865.
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