Capt Jesse Sharpe Barnes

Capt Jesse Sharpe Barnes

Edgecombe County, North Carolina, USA
Death 31 May 1862 (aged 23)
Seven Pines, Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Burial Saratoga, Wilson County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 71828665 View Source
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Jesse was the fourth child and third son of Elias and Mahala Emma Sharpe Barnes. After he was born, the couple had six more children who reached adulthood. Growing up on the family's plantation, Jesse was well educated locally before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He started university at age 16 and graduated just before he turned 20 in 1858. By 1860, he worked as an attorney at law in Wilson, North Carolina, near his family home. His older brother Benjamin, also a lawyer, served as the city's mayor that year.
Politically ambitious, Jesse was a staunch supporter of secession. He helped recruit members for the Wilson Light Infantry in the spring of 1861, before North Carolina actually seceded. This militia unit eventually became Company F of the 4th North Carolina Infantry with Jesse serving as the company's captain.
After spending the months after First Manassas until March 1862 at Camp Pickens in Manassas, the regiment saw its first major action at the Battle of Seven Pines. Here they successfully attacked Casey's redoubt, a Union stronghold. Leading his men up the breastworks, Jesse was killed in action. The regiment's commanding officer Bryan Grimes mentioned in his report that "no braver man was killed that day than Captain Jesse Barnes of Company F."
As requested in his will, that he had made out only six weeks earlier, Jesse's body was returned home and he was buried in the family cemetery, next to his father Elias.
Jesse's younger brother William remained in the 4th North Carolina, later transferring to Field and Staff as adjutant and then aide de camp for Bryan Grimes. He survived the war.
After the war, the Wilson camp of Confederate Veterans, later Sons of Confederate Veterans, was named for Captain Barnes. He is also named in the memorial for the war dead of the University of North Carolina.


Sacred to the memory of Two Brothers

John P. Barnes
Born Dec. 14, 1835
Died Dec. 15, 1861
At Camp Desha, near Moscow, Ky.
His remains are at Elmwood
Cemetery, Memphis, Tenn.

Brother I Come
Jessee S. Barnes
Born June 18, 1838
Died May 31, 1862
Being killed at the Battle of Seven Pines, Va.
His remains rest here.

They grew in beauty side by side,
They filled one home with glee.
Their graves are severed far and wide,
By Mount and Stream and Sea.