Major Borland was a graduate from West Point in 1860,
and the following year a first lieutenant, resigned from the United
States army to enlist with his father in the Confederate army. His
father was a major in the cavalry.
He was appointed a lieutenant in the Confederate army
and at the termination of war was promoted to rank of major. He was held
as a prisoner in Fortress Monroe, but just before the struggle ended was
returned in an exchange of prisoners.
Major Borland's wife died about 20 years ago. He is
survived by two sons, Russell Borland of Little Rock and Charles
Borland, a veteran of the World war. The latter's whereabouts are not
known. The body is held at the parlor's of Healy & Roth pending the
completion of funeral arrangements.
[Harold Borland is buried in Litlle Rock National Cemetery,
Confederate # 1001]
Copy from The United States Military Academy who furnished the following:
R e cr o l o g y
No 1887 -- Class 1860
Died July 20, 1921, at Little Rock, Arkansas, aged 86 years.
Harold Borland was born in North Carolina, September
18, 1835. His father was Solon Borland, an officer in the Mexican War.
State Senator from Arkansas, and an officer in the Confederate Service,
dying while a Colonel, commanding the 3rd Arkansas Cavalry.
Harold Borland entered the Military Academy July 1,
1854 and was graduated July 1,1860, and commissioned a Brevet Second
Lieutenant of Infantry. He served at Newport Barracks, Kentucky, under
Major Sidney Burbank, and resigned March 31, 1861.
He went at once to the provisional seat of the
Confederate Government at Montgomery, Alabama, and tendered his services
in person to President Davis. He was commissioned a Major and reported
to General Braxton Bragg a Pensacola, Florida, where he served with the
Engineers and with the Quartermaster Department. He was, for a time
Assistant Adjutant General on the staff of General Slaughter, and while
serving as such was, August 16, 1863, captured aboard the "Alice
Vivian", which was endeavoring to run the blockade from Mobile to Havana
with 550 bales of cotton. He was held prisoner at Fort Warren, Boston
Harbor, until exchanged on October 1, 1864.
He rejoined his command and served to the end of the
war, getting with General Slaughter, after the general surrender, to
Matamoros, Mexico. They returned later by way of Brownsville, Texas to
New Orleans, where General E Kirby Smith secured their paroles.
After the war he resided in Arkansas. He taught
school for a while and later employed in the United States Revenue Service.
He was twice married, both wives being dead. He had
two sons in the service during the World War --- one in the Navy, the
other a machine gunner who went through the entire campaign on the
Western Front in France from July 18 to November 11, 1918.
In his later years he was an inmate of the Confederate
Veteran's Home at Sweet Home, Pulaski County, Arkansas.
Harold's nick-name was "Ginger" for his hair color, Robert E Lee was
Supt (1852-1855) when he 1st arrived, Gen Custer graduated in the
following class of 1861. He moved to the Confederate home 3 Jan 1908 so
lived there over 12 years.
Major Borland appears at Princeton, Arkansas Friday mrning,
30 Dec 1864,
to wit:, from 1863-1865 published diary of Virginia Davis Gray, in
Arkansas Historical Quarterly, 1983, spring & summer issues. --- "
...one of the persons not expected but most welcome, came. Mollie and
Fannie [his half-sisters] are in a blissful state of mind." He is
mentioned five times in the diary thereafter.
The 1880 census has Harold and 1st wife raising Fannie's
George Borland Moores, after her yellow fever death at Memphis in 1879.
Harold's sons nor Fannie's or Mollie's , are never found
by us after the