William Michael Harnsberger (1835-1862)

Birth: May 23, 1835; Port Republic, Rockingham County, Virginia

Death: September 19, 1862 (age 27); Loudoun County, Virginia

 Military Service: CSA, 1861-62

 Unit: Comapny I, Virginia 1st Calvary Regiment

Alma Mater: Dickinson College, B.A. (Class of 1856)

William Harnsberger was born on May 23, 1835 in Port Republic, Rockingham County, Virginia. As a member of the class of 1856, “Willie” was active in the Union Philosophical Society, Phi Kappa Sigma, and Zeta Psi. His brother, Henry, had been a member of the class of 1841. After receiving his bachelor of arts degree, William returned to Virginia, where he taught until the start of the Civil War.

Harnsberger enlisted in the Confederate States Army soon after the outbreak of the war, joining Co. I, Virginia 1st Calvary Regiment. He was killed on September 19, 1862 in Loudoun County, Virginia.

More information about other Dickinson war casualties can be found through the online project "In Remembrance" (see link for related entries below).

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