Saturday, March 19, 2005

Harmon, J.N. - bio

Harmon, John N.
b. ?; d. ?
USA, 39th Missouri Infantry Regiment, Co.I; Private.
Cedar Bayou Methodist Cemetery; Baytown, TX (Harris County, Texas).

Unfortunately, I know nearly nothing about this Union veteran buried in the Cedar Bayou Methodist Cemetery.

According to the 1850 Chariton County, Missouri census, I know he was born to Linsey [sic?] & Polly Harmon. He had a two year older sister (“Mary”) who was born in Kentucky.

When John entered the service I don't know, but the USA, 39th Missouri Infantry was organized at Hannibal, Missouri in August and September 1864. His company (Co.I), was assigned to Macon in late September 1864. The 39th was involved in the action (and massacre!) [1] on the North Missouri Railroad near Centralia on 9/27/1864, but only companies A, G and H were involved, not John's company. [2] John's company (Co.I), along with companies C, E and F of the 39th, mustered out of service on 3/20/1865. The rest of the 39th mustered out in July 1865.

During the war, the 39th lost two officers and one hundred and thirty enlisted men were killed or mortally wounded. Sixty-four more enlisted men succumbed to disease." [3]

John's name appears on the special 1890 Missouri special veterans' census. He is listed as a resident of Chariton County, Missouri. [4]

I am not aware of the exact location of John's grave in the Cedar Bayou Methodist Cemetery. His grave is presently unmarked; however, a marker with a record of his military service engraved on it sits near the southeast corner of the Cedar Bayou Methodist Church building waiting for installation.

[1] You can read more about this action online at: &