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William Zachariah Barber
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Birth: 1830
North Carolina, USA
Death: 1889
Rockingham County
North Carolina, USA

North Carolina farmer William Zachariah Barber and his brother Turner enlisted to fight for the Confederacy on July 7, 1862, in Rockingham County, North Carolina. In late September, their unit was combined with other North Carolina Companies to form the 63rd North Carolina Infantry, now known better as the 5th North Carolina Cavalry. The Barber brothers were mustered into Company D.

Assigned to Brigadier General B.H. Robertson's cavalry brigade, the 5th saw little action during the remaining months of 1862. The winter of 1862-1863 had Co. D shifting from place to place in the area of New Berne, N.C. Robertson's Brigade eventually joined the Army of Northern Virginia in May 1863at Richmond. After being properly outfitted, the 5th took its place in the cavalry corps. Although present at various engagements and battles in 1863 and 1864, the brigade was often held in reserve or assigned to screen the armies movements. Company D's muster rolls show William on special detail in November and December 1863 to obtain a horse.

Perhaps because of his units prescence on the fringes of battle, william managed to avoid injury for most of his service. His luck ran out, though, on May 11, 1864, when he was wounded at Goodall's Tavern, Virginia. His left forearm fractured-presumably by a bullet-he was hospitalized in Richmond and then transferred to Danville in July. On November 25, he appears on the register of Pettigrew General Hospital in Raleigh, N.C. Although he returned to his unit in December 1864, his injury prevented him from resuming his duties. He retired and joined the Invalid Corps in January 1865. Assigned to light duty in February, he remained in the service until he was paroled with the rest of his unit in May 1865.

Turner had been captured in Hagerstown, Maryland, in July 1863 while the 5th screened General Robert E. Lee's retreat from Gettysburg. He was sent to Point Lookout Prison in Maryland and was exchanged on March 20, 1864. Like William, he also survived the war and returned to Reidsville, North Carolina.

William died in 1889, four years after Turner, leaving a wife and 11 children. The brothers are buried in Reidsville. CWT 
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  Sarah Celena Waters Barber (1833 - 1924)*
  Lula Henrietta Barber Jones (1869 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery
Rockingham County
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Dec 01, 2010
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William Zachariah Barber
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