Charlie Harris Death, Obituary – Charlie Harris has reportedly died leaving family and loved ones in agony and grief, according to an online publication. ”This morning, my personal friend and a pioneer in the subject of Civil War relics, Charlie Harris, passed away. He was a legend in the profession. I am passing on the sad news of his demise with all of the weight of the world on my shoulders.
Charlie has spent the larger part of his life to the study, gathering, and writing information connected to the American Civil War. His interests lay in all aspects of the conflict. When I first arrived in Chattanooga, Tennessee, fifty years ago, I was employed at Ringgold Georgia High School to teach mathematics and act as the head baseball coach.
During that time, I also managed the school’s baseball team. Charlie was a student of mine at one point. I do not believe that I have ever come across a person who is more fully engaged in the task of seeking Civil War relics, collecting Civil War artifacts, and recording their history. Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns and a follow-up book produced in conjunction with Butch Holcombe titled Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns and Beyond 1861 – 1865 are two of the numerous reference books that Charlie has authored about the American Civil War.
The later book is, quite literally, “just being launched,” and you can see Charlie continuously signing books till the very end of the event even though it has already ended. As a result of Charlie Harris’s passing away, a substantial amount of knowledge pertaining to the acquisition and authentication of Civil War artifacts will be lost.
It has been both a privilege and a source of immense happiness for me to be able to call Charlie and Teresa my friends throughout the course of all of these years. I pray that you may find peace and comfort in the calming shade that the trees on the other side of the road provide. Goodbye, my buddy.”