|Birth: ||Jul., 1825|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 13, 1911|
CIVIL WAR VETERAN
Co E Mich 1st Sharp Shooters Reg
Barber, Warren, Residence, Spring Arbor, Mich., enlisted on December 25, 1862 at Jackson, MI at age 36 as a private in the Mich Sharp Shooters. Mustered March 31, 1863.
In July, 1863, the confederate raider, John Morgan, marched through the state of Indiana. The sharpshooters had several skirmishes with the confederates and obliged them to "move forward" into the state of Ohio, where General Morgan and the remnant of his band were captured.
The regiment on the 16th of August was ordered to Chicago to guard confederate prisoners confined at Camp Douglas. The regiment proceeded in April to join the Army of the Potomac and crossed the Rapidan river May 5th and was engaged the two following days in the desperate struggle of the Wilderness.
They fought at Spotsylvania, crossed the Po river and took position on high ground southwest of the river. General Lee made a most determined attack upon the corps. The battle lasted from daylight until darkness and the struggle was a mortal one between two giants.
The First Sharpshooters stood upon a little rise of ground near the left of the line, their rifles commanding the fields on either side, pouring their murderous fire into the ranks of the advancing foe. Their unerring aim wrought havoc in the confederate lines and dotted the ground with confederate gray.
The regiment was at Cold Harbor June 4 and marched with the army to James river, which it crossed the night of the I5th, and arrived before Petersburg the next day. The Sharpshooters again lead their brigade in a charge on the enemy's entrenchments July 30 and carried the works, taking 50 prisoners. August 19th it was engaged at Weldon railroad and on the 25th at Reams' Station. Sept. 30th it fought in the battle of Poplar Spring. The sharpshooters took two confederate officers and 86 men prisoners and captured the colors of the Thirty-fifth North Carolina Infantry.
The siege and capture of Petersburg, Va., from June 17, 1864, to April 3, 1865.
The mayor of Petersburg surrendered the city to Colonel Ely and the flag of the First Sharpshooters was raised upon the court house, the first Union colors to float over the city, and the Second Michigan colors in a few minutes afterward floated over the custom house.
After the surrender of General Lee the regiment, with its division, proceeded to Alexandria and participated in the grand review at Washington, D. C., May 23.
Warren mustered out on May 27, 1865 at Washington, DC after the grand review.
The rest of the regiment arrived in Jackson July 31 and was paid and disbanded Aug. 7, 1865.
Michigan Deaths 1800-1995 states that Warren was 86 yrs old, widowed, and a retired shoemaker. His father was Ezra Barber.
Sophronia M Cahoon Barber (1825 - 1904)
Emeline Malissa Barber Walker (1853 - 1910)*
Warren Barber 1 Mich. S.S. Co. E.
Plot: Lot 682 Row 12 Sec 1E
Created by: DTQuester
Record added: May 28, 2009
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