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Pvt William Barry
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Birth: 1843
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 7, 1863

Civil War Solider
Private, Co. C, 18th Massachusetts Infantry
Killed in action Rappahannock Station on Nov. 7, 1863

He was an 18 year-old Farmer from Rochester, MA, when he enlisted at Carver, MA on October 28, 1861, being recruited by Capt. William S. McFarlin and was mustered into the 18th Mass. Infantry on Jan. 14, 1862 as a Private in Co. C. Per regimental records he was 5 ft. 3 in. tall, with a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair.  Barry was a servant to Capt. George Barnard of Co. C, from August 1862 and continued in this capacity for a year, until he was injured when thrown by a horse, and Barnard was detached to the staff of Gen. Charles Griffin.  Returned to the ranks with Co. C, Barry was killed in action at Rappahannock Station, VA on Nov. 7, 1863, when an artillery shell exploded.  Lorenzo L. Brown of Co. E was reportedly killed in the same explosion.  Barry was interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 13 Site 7542.

Excerpt from letter written by Capt. George M. Barnard to his father from camp near Kelly's Ford, Nov. 13, 1863

"Gen. Bartlett pressed his horse into a gallop and dashed across the open plain with us, taking ditches and every thing in our way and as soon as I got to where I have written "Barry" upon the diagram of the preceding page, the Rebs opened upon our little party with their artillery and their sharpshooters soon followed their example.  We however kept on and reaching the extreme front of our skirmishers staid there without injury although the screaming shells and hissing bullets called up the memory of old times.  We were close upon the Rebs when I thought I would (as my presence was of no farther use) go and look after the 18th [Massachusetts Infantry] who had advanced across the open plain and were now lying behind the railroad embankment, but as soon as I had ridden up to them an officer called out to me saying that Barry  was killed.  I accordingly galloped up to a lump which I saw in the distance and found Poor Little Barry.  Barry was a farmer's son from New Bedford.  He had been in my Company all through the war, and you may remember that when we were at Harrison's Landing on the Peninsula more than a year ago that I used to write some mournful letters home.  It was then that I took Barry for my body servant, for his laughing, cheerful face had won my (I may say admiration).  So Barry had been my faithful servant for a year and more.  It would take too long for me to tell you of the hard times we have been through together, but I can never forget them.  I took him with me to Aunt Chase's last winter and it was he who wrote me a letter when I was at home, with "Dubble Quick" upon the envelope which you may remember giving to me.

"Some comrade had thrown an India rubber blanket over his head.  It seems that he was shot through the lungs but plucky to the last he walked on for a rod and then fell with his face to the enemy, laughing.  When I lifted off the blankets from his head and saw his fair hair all dabbled in blood with a smile on his face not to mention his blue eyes which were actually smiling it really made me sick, but I took his pocket book and got three men to take his body off behind some bushes where I hid it."

Listed on the New Bedford, Massachusetts "Roll of Honor" of Civil War dead from New Bedford, Massachusetts, New Bedford City Council, May, 1869.

 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 13 Site 7542
 
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Record added: Sep 21, 2008
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