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Civil War Soldiers - Barnes
|Barnum, Henry A., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was
born in Jamesville, Onondaga county, N. Y., Sept. 24, 1833, was
educated in Syracuse, and in 1856 became a teacher in the Syracuse
institute, after which he studied law and was admitted to the bar.
Enlisting at the beginning of the Civil war as a private in the 12th
N. Y. volunteers, he was elected captain of Co. I, and fought with his
regiment at Bull Run, the 12th being the first under fire at
Blackburn's ford, previous to the battle. In Oct., 1861, he was
promoted to major, served after that a short time as a member of Gen.
Wadsworth's staff, and then rejoined his regiment and fought through
the peninsular campaign. At Malvern hill he received a wound from
which he never fully recovered, was carried apparently dead from the
field, and a body, supposed to be his, was buried, while at his home a
funeral oration was delivered. He was taken to Libby prison, remaining
there until July 18, 1862, and then, after a six months' leave of
absence returned to the war as a colonel, leading his regiment at
Gettysburg, and at Lookout mountain, where he was again wounded, and
where his regiment captured 11 battleflags. He was again wounded in
the Atlanta campaign, commanded a brigade in Sherman's march to the
sea, and had the distinction of being the first officer to enter
Savannah. On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted a major-general of
volunteers, and in the following January he resigned, having declined
a colonelcy in the regular army, and became inspector of prisons in
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908