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W.R. Barlow

W.R. Barlow

Confederate (CSV)


William Rufus Barlow

(1827 - 1865)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 18th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Known as Rufus, he was a farmer in Caldwell County when he mustered at Statesville as Private, Company B, 18th North Carolina Infantry on 20 August 1862, a conscript.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the wrist by a piece of shell in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was captured at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 12 May 1864. He was prisoner at Point Lookout, MD then sent on to Elmira, NY on 3 August. He died of pneumonia there on 31 January 1865.

References & notes

His service from the Roster 1 and his Compiled Service Records, online from fold3. His wound from his own letter of 25 September 1862 from the General Hospital in Staunton, VA. Personal details and his photograph from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Ann German (1842-1860) in February 1859 and they had a son Columbus (1860-1948). He married again, her cousin Elizabeth German (1840-1914) and they had son Sidney (1862-1924).

More on the Web

A collection of his letters and much more about Barlow and his family is in Company Front (Issue 2, 2013), the journal of The Society for the Preservation of the 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops, from Locke W. "Skip" Smith, Jr.


10/13/1827; Kings Creek, Caldwell County, NC


01/31/1865; Elmira, NY; burial in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, NY


1   Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966-  [AotW citation 26269]