A Guide to the Barnes Family Correspondence, 1860-1864 Barnes Family Correspondence Ms2012-070

Barnes Family Correspondence, 1860-1864

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2012-070


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Processed by: Hannah Bochain, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2012-070
Title
Barnes Family Correspondence, 1860-1864
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
creator
Barnes family
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains seven letters written to and from members of the Barnes family between 1961 and 1864 and two handwritten poems.

Admininstrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Barnes Family Correspondence must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Barnes Family Correspondence, Ms2012-070, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Barnes Family Correspondence was purchased by Special Collections in October 2009.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Barnes Family Correspondence was completed in November 2012.


Biographical Note

Uz Barnes was born about 1807 and died in November of 1879. Between 1840 and 1870, the family lived in and around Monongalia and Marion, Virginia (later West Virginia). Uz Barnes enlisted in November of 1862 and was discharged with his regiment in May 1965. He and his wife, Mary, had at least four children: Thomas Rufus, Benjamin, John S., and Asa, and probably James H. Uz Barnes and Thomas R. Barnes both fought within the 10th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry as Privates. Thomas Rufus Barnes was born about 1842. He mustered in with the 10th Regiment in April 1862 and died from wounds received at Winchester, Virginia, in September 1864. No information was found about James H. Barnes' service during the war.

Scope and Content

The collection contains seven letters written to and from members of the Barnes family between 1961 and 1864. Also included are two handwritten poems. The correspondence documents the lives of Uz and Thomas Rufus and James H. Barnes (father and sons, respectively) while serving during the Civil War. Letters including rumors of troop movement and Thomas Rufus's wounding at Winchester in September of 1864.

Of the manuscript poems, Thomas Rufus Barnes dated both with two versions of his signature on March 12, 1860. The first poem, labelled "Hollow," seems to have appeared in a number of newspapers during the mid-19th century under the title "All Hollow, Hollow, Hollow." The second poem, "The Banks of--" seems to be a copy of "The Banks of the Schuylkill."

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Barnes, James H.
  • Barnes, Thomas Rufus, b. abt. 1842
  • Barnes, Uz, abt. 1807-1879
  • Perrpoint, J.(?) H. , Jr.
  • Families:

  • Barnes family
  • Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
"Hollow" and "On the Banks of --" Poems, March 12, 1860
Folder 1
Letter to Thomas Rufus Barnes from J.(?) H. Perrpoint, Jr., December 22, 1861
Folder 1
Letter to Mary Barnes from Thomas Rufus Barnes, April 17, 1862
Folder 1
Letter to James H. Barnes from Thomas Rufus Barnes, November 24, 1862
Folder 1
Letter from Uz Barnes to unknown (possibly Mary Barnes), April 8 and 13, 1863
Folder 1
Letter to Mary Barnes from Thomas Rufus, May 4, 1863
Folder 1
Letter to Thomas Rufus and Uz Barnes from James H. Barnes, July 25, 1863
Folder 1
Letter from Uz Barnes to Mary Barnes(?), August 1, 1863 (?)

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Barnes, James H.
  • Barnes, Thomas Rufus, b. abt. 1842
  • Barnes, Uz, abt. 1807-1879
  • Perrpoint, J.(?) H. , Jr.