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Federal (USV)


Samuel S. Barker

(1838 - ?)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: Massachusetts Sharpshooters, First Company

Before Antietam

He was a 21 year old shoemaker when he enlisted as Private ion 2 September 1861. He had 3 months prior service in Company B of the 5th Massachusetts Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was listed as a deserter on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He enlisted in Company D of the 1st Potomac Home Brigade (MD) Cavalry - "Cole's Cavalry" - on 19 August 1864 under the name of Samuel Sprague [his middle name?]. He mustered out with them in June 1865.

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1, with genealogical details from Susan Harnwell and contributors at her superb 15th Massachusetts Infantry site.


09/00/1838; Charlestown, MA


Date not known


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pp. 206 - 213  [AotW citation 2698]