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John M Barr

Death 26 Feb 1863
Burial Madison, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Plot , E 928
Memorial ID 3180691 · View Source
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History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten

Pages 482 - 497

JOHN M. BARR, aged eighteen, farmer, born in Pekin, Tazewell county, Illinois, and enlisted from Havana. Served through the Kentucky campaign, and died at Nashville, Tenn., February 26, 1863, and is buried at No. 928 in the national cemetery near that place.

Company K was enrolled by Dr. Robert G. Rider at Topeka, in Mason county, between July 18 and August 17, 1862. The men were mostly farmers from Mason county, although Iroquois, McDonough, Peoria, Stephenson, Tazewell, and Will counties were represented in its ranks. At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: Dr. Robert G. Rider, captain; Samuel Yates, first lieutenant, and Isaac C. Short, second lieutenant.

Of the 89 officers and men of which this company was composed, 22 were hit with shot or shell, 4 of whom were killed in action, while 18 lived to be discharged or mustered out, 1 officer resigned, 29 men died of disease, 14 were discharged for disability incident to their hard service, 5 were transferred to other organizations, and 45 were present at the final muster out.

From first to last, the company was ably commanded, and being one of the skirmish companies was well drilled in that special drill in addition to the usual drill of the others. The men were above the average in intelligence, and the surviving members of the company may justly feel proud of the part it bore in its three years' service, and all may rejoice in the fact that they did their full share in the overthrow of the slave-holders' rebellion.

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