(? - 1864)
Home State: Texas
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Texas Infantry
He enlisted in Company L, First Texas Infantry, and mustered into the Confederate service "for the war" on 30 August 1861, near Manassas, VA. He was assigned as courier to General Hood, date not given.
On the Campaign
From General Hood's Report:
I would be wrong in not acknowledging the valuable services rendered during the several engagements, in transmitting orders, of the following couriers of this command: M. M. Templeman, T. W. C. Lake, J.P. Mahoney, James Malone, W. E. Duncan, J. A. Mann[?], W. J. Barbee, W. G. Jesse[?], J. I. Haggerty, and J. H. Drake.
The rest of the War
He was wounded at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863, where he was conspicuous in action at the Devil's Den, according to Colonel Work's Report:
... [W. J.] Barbee, Company L, for great and striking gallantry ... Private Barbee, though a mounted courier, acting for Maj.-Gen. Hood, entered the ranks of his company, and fought through the engagement. At one time he mounted a rock upon the highest pinnacle of the hill, and there, exposed to a raking, deadly fire from artillery and musketry, stood until he had fired twenty-five shots, when he received a Minie ball wound in the right thigh, and fell.He was killed in action near Dandridge, TN on 18 January 1864.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Confederate Military Service Records, via the Historical Data Systems database, with details from the Company L Roster published online by Texas Brigade reenactors. Colonel Work's Gettysburg Report is in the Official Records, Series I, Vol. 27, Part II (Serial No. 44).
01/18/1864 near Dandridge, TN