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J.A. Barber
J.A. Barber

Federal (USV)


James Albert Barber

Home State: Rhode Island
Command Billet: Artilleryman
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery G


Before the Antietam Campaign:
From a farming family, he enlisted in Battery G of the First Rhode Island Light Artillery on 11 November 1861.

The remainder of the War:
He reenlisted for the duration as a Veteran Volunteer in December 1863, and was promoted to Corporal before War's end. He received the Medal of Honor for action at Petersburg in April 1865 (medal issued June 1866), and mustered out with his Battery in June 1865.

After the War:
He was a "mariner" and harvested seaweed to be used as fertilizer.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Service details from his Medal of Honor Certificate, the photo above, and family history provided by Midge Frazel.

Place of Birth: Westerly, RI    

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