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Collection Number: 02550-z

Collection Title: S.G. Barnard Papers, 1861-1863.

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Size 9 items.
Abstract Brothers George Washington Barnard (1832-1862) and William C. Barnard (1841-1862) of Camden, N.J., fought on opposite sides in the American Civil War. William C. Barnard was a second lieutenant with the 3rd New Jersey Volunteers, and George Washington Barnard served in the Confederacy. Both died from wounds sustained in battles in 1862. The collection contains typed transcriptions of letters from William C. Barnard and George Washington Barnard. William's letter of 17 November 1861 to his mother discusses his assignment under United States Army Major General P. Kearney, his horse, living expenses, a friendship with secessionists, and the imprisonment of his brother George at Fort Warren in Boston, Mass. In a letter of 18 November 1861 to his brother Charles Barnard, George discusses his willingness to give his parole not to take up arms against the North and expresses appreciation for a package of cakes and books he had received. Other transcribed letters from Major General P. Kearney and C.S.A. officer Samuel G. Schenk pertain to the deaths and remains of William and George. Letters lent for microfilming and then returned to S.G. Barnard were written by Martha Godwin and her sister Hennie Godwin. The Godwin sisters of Alexandria, Va. had befriended William C. Barnard early in the war when William was at Camp Seminary, Va. The sisters later sought refuge from the war in Decatur, Ill. Martha Godwin and Hennie Godwin wrote to the Barnard family, the latter asking for aid for her brother imprisoned at Fort Warren in Boston, Mass.
Creator Barnard, S. G.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the S.G. Barnard Papers, #2550-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Original letters lent for microfilming and returned to owner. Typed transcriptions donated by S.G. Barnard of Haddonfield, N.J.,1942.
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The collection donor, S.G. (Samuel Garrison) Barnard, was the son of Charles S. Barnard and the nephew of George Washington Barnard (1832-1862) and William C. Barnard (1841-1862) of Camden, N.J.

William C. Barnard was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1858, and in 1861 the governor of New Jersy commissioned him as a second lieutenant in the 3rd New Jersey Volunteers. He served as an aide to Major General P. Kearney. While at Camp Seminary near Alexandria, Va., William C. Barnard befriended the Godwin family, especially Martha A. Godwin and sister Hennie Godwin. Later in the war, the Godwin sisters sought refuge in Decatur, Ill. William C. Barnard died in May 1862 near Williamsburg, Va.

George Washington Barnard fought for the Confederacy and was briefly imprisoned at Fort Warren in Boston, Mass. He was wounded in the fight of the Rail Road Bridge at Goldsboro, N.C., in December 1862 and he died following the amputation of his leg.

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The collection contains typed transcriptions of letters from William C. Barnard and George Washington Barnard. William's letter of 17 November 1861 to his mother discusses his assignment under United States Army Major General P. Kearney, his horse, living expenses, a friendship with secessionists, and the imprisonment of his brother George at Fort Warren in Boston, Mass. In a letter of 18 November 1861 to his brother Charles Barnard, George discusses his willingness to give his parole not to take up arms against the North and expresses appreciation for a package of cakes and books he had received. Other transcribed letters from Major General P. Kearney and C.S.A. officer Samuel G. Schenk pertain to the deaths and remains of William and George. Letters lent for microfilming and then returned to S.G. Barnard were written by Martha Godwin and her sister Hennie Godwin. The Godwin sisters of Alexandria, Va. had befriended William C. Barnard early in the war when William was at Camp Seminary, Va. The sisters later sought refuge from the war in Decatur, Ill. Martha Godwin and Hennie Godwin wrote to the Barnard family, the latter asking for aid for her brother imprisoned at Fort Warren in Boston, Mass.

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9 items.
Folder 1

Typed transcriptions of letters, 1861-1862 #02550-z, Series: "S.G. Barnard Papers, 1861-1863." Folder 1

Letters from William C. Barnard, George W. Barnard, United States Army Major General P. Kearney, and Confederate officer Samuel G. Schenck were transcribed and hand annotated by S.G. Barnard.

Reel M-2550/1

Microfilmed letters, 1861-1863 #02550-z, Series: "S.G. Barnard Papers, 1861-1863." Reel M-2550/1

Letters from Martha Godwin and Hennie Godwin of Alexandria, Va., and later Decatur, Ill., were filmed and then returned to their owner.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Laura Clark Brown, December 2012

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