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John Barber[1]

Male 1828 - 1902


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  • Born  4 Apr 1828  Washington Twp, Westmoreland County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Military Service  12 Sep 1861  Harrisburg, Pa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Enlisted in Union Army at Camp Curtin 
    Military Service  Nov 1861  Washington, DC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Training at the Soldier's home 
    Military Service  May 1862  Rappahannock River, Va Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Joined McDowell's Column 
    • In May, 1862, The 64th joined McDowell's column on the Rappahannock and was assigned to McCall's division Pa. reserves. Soon after it moved with its division by transport to the support of McClellan on the Peninsula, arriving at White House on June 24, where one battalion under Lieut.-Col. Kerr was detached and ordered to Yorktown, remaining there until the close of the Peninsular campaign.
    Military Service  Jun 1862  Richmond VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Seven Days' Battles 
    • The balance of the regiment proceeded to the front, arriving in time to participate in the famous Seven Days', battles of McClellan's army. The 4th suffered a loss of a few men during the night attack by the enemy on July 31, at Harrison's landing.
    Military Service  Sep 1862  Antietam, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Battle of Antietam 
    • The 64th was active at Antietam, here the regiment lost its colonel, temporarily in command of the brigade on that day. Col. Childs was succeeded in command by Lieut.-Col. Kerr. While encamped on the Potomac, near Hancock, in the early fall a battalion under Capt. Duncan, crossed the river and made a sudden descent on the headquarters of the enemy's picket reserve at Hedgesville, capturing 3 officers and 20 men and winning praise from high quarters for its dashing exploit.
    Military Service  Dec 1862  Fredericksburg VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Battle of Fredericksburg 
    • During the battle of Fredericksburg the 64th guarded the fords above the town on the north bank of the river.
    Military Service  2 Jul 1863  Gettysburg, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Battle of Gettysburg 
    • John's cavalry unit did not engage the enemy at the battle of Gettysburg. The unit came in at the back of most of the action and remained there for the three days; they were responsible for riding to the front lines and escorting prisoners to the back; later picking up weapons and burying the dead.
    Military Service  5 Jul 1863  Jeffersonton, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    In pursuit of Lee's Army 
    • On the 5th the 64th engaged in the pursuit of Lee, frequently skirmishing with his rear-guard. In the campaign of maneuvres which followed the march into Virginia, it was briskly engaged at Shepherdstown and suffered a heavy loss at Jeffersonton, losing in killed, wounded and prisoners about 200 men out of 375 in action. Many of the men captured here subsequently died in Andersonville prison.
    Military Service  14 Oct 1863  Bristoe Station, Va Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Battle of Bristoe Station 
    Military Service  15 Apr 1864  Near Bristoe Station, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Wounded in Action 
    Military Service  8 Oct 1864  Harrisburg, Pa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Disability Discharge, Camp Curtin 
    Residence  1880  Barber Homestead, Westmoreland County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died  1902  Barber Homestead, Westmoreland County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • John Barber fought in the Civil War.

      From Alta Jean Alcorn's notes, in her own hand,

      " Grandfather went at Lincoln's first call for volunteers. Twelve men, neighbors, got on their horses and rode to Washingon to answer that call. Whe Grandpa left he said he would not be gone long as it would not last long. He told Tommy, his oldest son to take care for his mother and sisters (young girls then). Ther was little or no mail received or sent. Because my grandfather came in on a horse, he was placed in the cavalry. The war was continuous battles and skirmishes. My Grandfather related many day by day experiences, some fearsome ones. But he told of one battle where cavalry ws to charge first. As they galloped past the foot-soldiers, he saw his son Tommy in the line of March. This was his first and last sight of him during the war. When he came home, after the war, he learned Tommy had run off to the war with others of the country side and his wife Rachel was alone with the girls."

      In the back of her address book she kept while living with us in Oceanport, NJ, she wrote,

      ""At Gettysburg, enter State of Pa. Monument by steps. Go back to last pillar on left 2nd plaques. On it are 3rd Pa [Cal]vary and other, [unreadable] PA Cavalry (sic) Name of John Barber, my grandfather, [unreadable] name under Company C [unreadable] Pa. Cavalry (sic). "



      John's cavalry unit "did not engage" the enemy at the battle of Gettysburg. The unit came in at the back of most of the action and remained there for the three days; they were responsible for riding to the front lines and escorting prisoners to the back; later picking up weapons and burying the dead.

      John was wounded on April 15, 1864; he took cannon shrapnel to the elbow. After spending some time in the hospital, he was released at the expiration of his term. He was dicharged with a 1/2 pension for disability as a result of his wound.

      According to the 1880 census; the Barbers lived next to the James B. Alcorns


    Person ID  I0428  Halbstein_Parrish Family Tree
    Last Modified  24 Mar 2012 

    Father  Thomas Barber,   b. 24 Dec 1796, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1865, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Martha Jamison,   b. 7 Oct 1803, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1884, Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 Sep 1823  Westmoreland County, Pa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F063  Group Sheet

    Family  Rachel G. Nesbit,   b. 2 Jul 1824, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1892 
    Children 
     1. Thomas James Barber,   b. 18 Apr 1847,   d. 22 Jul 1897, Near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mary Elizabeth Barber,   b. 8 Aug 1850
     3. Infant Son Barber,   b. 4 May 1853,   d. 17 May 1853
     4. Sarah Emily Barber,   b. 1858,   d. 22 Apr 1920
     5. John Eden Ellsworth Barber,   b. 27 Jul 1861,   d. 5 Mar 1871
    >6. William Calvin Orr Barber,   b. 2 Sep 1866,   d. 2 Sep 1916
    Family ID  F283  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Apr 1828 - Washington Twp, Westmoreland County, PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Enlisted in Union Army at Camp Curtin - 12 Sep 1861 - Harrisburg, Pa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Training at the Soldier's home - Nov 1861 - Washington, DC Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Joined McDowell's Column - May 1862 - Rappahannock River, Va Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Seven Days' Battles - Jun 1862 - Richmond VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Battle of Antietam - Sep 1862 - Antietam, MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Battle of Fredericksburg - Dec 1862 - Fredericksburg VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Battle of Gettysburg - 2 Jul 1863 - Gettysburg, PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - In pursuit of Lee's Army - 5 Jul 1863 - Jeffersonton, VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Battle of Bristoe Station - 14 Oct 1863 - Bristoe Station, Va Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Wounded in Action - 15 Apr 1864 - Near Bristoe Station, VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Disability Discharge, Camp Curtin - 8 Oct 1864 - Harrisburg, Pa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1880 - Barber Homestead, Westmoreland County, PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1902 - Barber Homestead, Westmoreland County, PA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Home of John and Rachel Barber, Apollo, Pa
    Home of John and Rachel Barber, Apollo, Pa
    The home of John and Rachel Barber stands today (as of this writing in 2011). The farm has been divided and sold off. William Calvin and his wife, Elizabeth Alice Kettering lived down the road, but their house no longer stands; it has been replaced by a nursing home that occupies the property.

    Headstones
    John and Rachel Barber Headstone
    John and Rachel Barber Headstone

    Histories
    History of the 64th Pennsylvania Infantry, 4th Calvary
    History of the 64th Pennsylvania Infantry, 4th Calvary
    Battle History of the regiment in which John Barber served

  • Sources 
    1. [S002422] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880.T9, 1,454 rolls. Washington, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, ED 108, roll T9_1204, page 408.4000, image .

    2. [S118962] 1880 Westmoreland Census, Roll T9_1204, Family History Film 1255204, pp 408...

    3. [S118960] 1900 US Census, Apollo, Roll T623_1372, pp 11A, enum.dist. 1..

    4. [S118995] Barber, John, Disability Discharge.
      "Enlisted 12 Sept 1861 to serve 3 years"
      "Discharged, this eighth day of OCtober, 1864, Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, PA
      Actual text on original source document.

    5. [S118996] Barber,John, Muster Rolls.

    6. [S118994] Barber, John, Pension Application, (National Archives), NARA Publication T-289, Roll #505..

    7. [S119082] Antietam on the Web (Website), http://antietam.aotw.org/officers.php?officer_id=1201.