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Civil War Soldiers - Barnes

Barry, William F., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in New York city, Aug. 8, 1818, was graduated at West Point in 1838, and in that year assisted Maj. Ringgold to organize the first battery of light artillery formed in the United States army. He served in Mexico from 1846 to 1848, fighting at the battle of Tampico, was stationed at Fort Henry from 1849 to 1851 and on July 1, 1852, was made captain of the 2nd artillery. He served in the Seminole war in Florida and during the Kansas disturbances, and at the outbreak of the Civil war entered active service, assisting in the defense of Fort Pickens as major of light artillery. On Aug. 20, 1861, he was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers and took an active part in the Virginia peninsular campaign until Aug., 1862, fighting in all the important battles. From the end of the campaign until 1864 he was chief of artillery in the defenses of Washington, having been appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 1st artillery on Aug. 1, 1863. In May, 1863, he was assigned to the command at Pittsburg, Pa., and Wheeling, W. Va., against a threatened cavalry raid, and was, from March, 1864, to June, 1866, chief of artillery on Gen. Sherman's staff, taking part during this time in the siege of Atlanta. During his service in the war he was given various brevet titles, culminating in that of brevet major-general, U. S. A., which was conferred on him March 13, 1865. After the war he served on the northern frontier, then as commander of the artillery school of practice at Fortress Monroe, and as commandant at Fort Henry. He died in Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Md., July 18, 1879.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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