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 George Reid Barber

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George Reid Barber

Birth
Bath County, Kentucky, USA
Death
20 Sep 1899 (aged 79)
Grange City, Fleming County, Kentucky, USA
Burial
Grange City, Fleming County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID
59619717 View Source

Capt. George Reid Barber enlisted in the Union Army on 8 October, 1861. He was apparently instrumental in the recruitment of men from Fleming & Bath Counties; and he was given command of Company D of the 24th Regiment of Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, under Colonels Lewis B. Grigsby and John Smith Hurt. His regiment was mustered into service in Lexington, Ky. on 31 Dec 1861; and fought with distinction throughout the war until 31 Jan 1865.

The 24th Infantry Regiment was attached to a series of higher commands during the war - from the Army of the Ohio, to the Army of the Cumberland, to the Army of Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio. It also took part in a seemingly endless number of marches, battles, & campaigns - including the Battle of Shiloh (7 Apr 1862), the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky (8 Oct 1862), the Siege of Knoxville (17 Nov - 5 Dec 1863), the Siege of Atlanta (22 Jul - 25 Aug 1864), and the Battle of Jonesboro (31 Aug - 1 Sep 1864). The Regiment fared relatively well compared to most, losing only 2 Officers and 28 Enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, plus 3 Officers and 174 Enlisted men felled by disease, for a total loss of 207.

After the war, Capt. Barber was reportedly involved in efforts to end what became known as the Rowan County War. That “war” lasted for three years and resulted in at least 20 deaths and 16 woundings. It also led directly to the founding of “Morehead Normal School” - now known as Morehead State University.
From Alan Barber (48434694)

Capt. George Reid Barber enlisted in the Union Army on 8 October, 1861. He was apparently instrumental in the recruitment of men from Fleming & Bath Counties; and he was given command of Company D of the 24th Regiment of Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, under Colonels Lewis B. Grigsby and John Smith Hurt. His regiment was mustered into service in Lexington, Ky. on 31 Dec 1861; and fought with distinction throughout the war until 31 Jan 1865.

The 24th Infantry Regiment was attached to a series of higher commands during the war - from the Army of the Ohio, to the Army of the Cumberland, to the Army of Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio. It also took part in a seemingly endless number of marches, battles, & campaigns - including the Battle of Shiloh (7 Apr 1862), the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky (8 Oct 1862), the Siege of Knoxville (17 Nov - 5 Dec 1863), the Siege of Atlanta (22 Jul - 25 Aug 1864), and the Battle of Jonesboro (31 Aug - 1 Sep 1864). The Regiment fared relatively well compared to most, losing only 2 Officers and 28 Enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, plus 3 Officers and 174 Enlisted men felled by disease, for a total loss of 207.

After the war, Capt. Barber was reportedly involved in efforts to end what became known as the Rowan County War. That “war” lasted for three years and resulted in at least 20 deaths and 16 woundings. It also led directly to the founding of “Morehead Normal School” - now known as Morehead State University.
From Alan Barber (48434694)


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