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Federal (USV)


Isaac Watkins Barker

(1841 - 1862)

Home State: Ohio

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 23rd Ohio Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was an 18 year old carriage/wagon maker living in fellow carriage maker George E. Blakelee's household in Huntington, Lorain County, OH. He enlisted as a Private in Company D, 23rd Ohio Infantry on 20 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 14 September 1862 near Fox's Gap on South Mountain. He was buried on the field the next day "and a headboard put up at his grave with his name, company, and regiment on it."

The rest of the War

His friends and family gave him a funeral on 5 October 1862 in Huntington, OH, though probably without his body.

After the War

He was probably removed to the new National Cemetery in about 1867.

References & notes

His service from the State of Ohio.1 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His memorial in Wellington, OH is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

A series of 5 family letters talking about Isaac's death are online thanks to Griff on Shared & Spared. Those letters are the source of the quote and some details above.


09/02/1841; Blandford, MA


09/14/1862; Fox's Gap, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   State of Ohio, Roster Commission, Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866, 12 Volumes, Akron: The Werner Company, 1893-95, Vol. 1, pp. 92 - 95  [AotW citation 8160]