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SGT William H Barnes
Birth: 1845
St. Mary's County
Maryland, USA
Death: Dec. 24, 1866
Indianola
Calhoun County
Texas, USA

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a farmer before the war and enlisted in the Union Army on February 11, 1864. He joined Company C of the 38th United States Colored Infantry Regiment as a private. His enlistment papers gave his age as 23 which means he would have been born in 1840 or 1841, but other sources give his birth as 1845. His regiment was among a division of black troops at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm on September 29, 1864.Confederate Brigadier General John Gregg's Texas Brigade threw up two lines of defense and a withering gunfire that killed, wounded, or captured half of the black troops. Barnes was wounded, but he was one of the first to enter the enemy's works and was awarded the Medal of Honor six months later and promoted to sergeant another three months later. After the war he remained in the army and traveled to Texas with his regiment. Unfortunately, he contracted tuberculosis and died in an army hospital at Indianola, Calhoun County, Texas, now a ghost town. A marker in his memory was placed in San Antonio National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas. (bio by: Anonymous) 
 
Burial:
San Antonio National Cemetery *
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section MA, Site 86
GPS (lat/lon): 29.4213, -98.4671
*Cenotaph [?]
 
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Record added: Oct 27, 2000
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SGT William H Barnes
Added by: David N. Lotz
 
SGT William H Barnes
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I was very pleased to read you bio on this site. Seems to me like you lived your life in an otherwise insane world with honor and dignity. How special is would have been to actually know you. I am a southerner with strong ties to the south but am still...(Read more)
- Ladyblush2002
 Added: Jun. 20, 2017
Honoring your heroism and service for the preservation of the Union
- Wagon Master
 Added: Feb. 26, 2017
TO ALL WHO PASS THIS WAY, PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: that even though SGT William H Barnes has passed away, now, he continues to watch over and protect the U.S.A. as a: "Member Of The Knight Shift"...Hoorah!!! R.I.P. Trooper Barnes.
- USCT Cemetery Mgr.
 Added: Feb. 18, 2017
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