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Confederate (CSV)

Major

Elihu Stuart Barclay, Jr.

"Sandy"

(1832 - 1879)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Phillips' (GA) Legion, Infantry Battalion

Before Sharpsburg

Son of a lawyer, he trained as one, but practiced only briefly before the war. He was commissioned Captain, Company C, Phillips' Legion Infantry Battalion on 11 June 1861. He was appointed Major of the Battalion on 6 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded in the ankle and spine and captured in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was not expected to survive, but had excellent care from "several sympathetic Maryland women" and did. He was treated at a US Army hospital in Frederick, MD from 22 October to 24 November 1862, when he was released and probably exchanged. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel to date from 23 December 1863 but had not recovered sufficiently to return to duty until May 1863. He was on the Gettysburg Campaign, but withdrew from field service there from the effects of his wounds (relieved in command by Major Hamilton). He resigned on 5 August 1863 and was elected to the Georgia State legislature in November 1863.

After the War

He was in the lumber business, partner in the Darien Banking Company (1869), and was long-time inspector of timber at Darien, GA. He died relatively young at age 46 while on a trip from Darien to the old family home in Clarksville.

References & notes

His service from Graham.1 Hospital details from the Patient List,2 which has him as Captain of Company C and wounded by gunshot to the shoulder. Personal details from a bio sketch of his son Wyatt in Battey's Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida (1889). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Helen J Stanford (d. 1900) in Habersham County and they had at least 3 children. He was younger brother of Colonel William P. Barclay, 23rd Georgia Infantry, who was killed at Sharpsburg. His younger brother Julius was Captain of Company G, 52nd Georgia Infantry and was killed in July 1864 in action at Atlanta.

Birth

05/24/1832; Clarkesville, GA

Death

03/06/1879 Savannah, GA; burial in Saint Andrews Cemetery, Darien, GA

Notes

1   Graham, Kurt D., Phillips Georgia Legion - Infantry Battalion, first accessed 20 September 2012, <http://www.angelfire.com/tx/RandysTexas/page4.html>, Source page: /InfCoC.html  [AotW citation 21904]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: patient #5.269  [AotW citation 21905]