Barnes, William Henry, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant (Infantry)
Last Service Branch
Primary Unit
1864-1866, 38th Regiment Infantry U.S. Colored Troops
Service Years
1864 - 1866

Sergeant (Infantry)

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Barnes, William Henry (MOH), SGT.
Contact Info
Home Town
St. Mary's County, Maryland
Last Address
San Antonio, Texas

Date of Passing
Dec 24, 1866
Location of Interment
San Antonio National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section MA, Site 86

 Official Badges 

Grand Army of the Republic Badge

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1864, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a farmer before the war and enlisted in the Union Army on February 11, 1864. He joined Company C of the 38th United States Colored Infantry Regiment as a private. His enlistment papers gave his age as 23 which means he would have been born in 1840 or 1841, but other sources give his birth as 1845. His regiment was among a division of black troops at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm on September 29, 1864.Confederate Brigadier General John Gregg's Texas Brigade threw up two lines of defense and a withering gunfire that killed, wounded, or captured half of the black troops. Barnes was wounded, but he was one of the first to enter the enemy's works and was awarded the Medal of Honor six months later and promoted to sergeant another three months later. After the war he remained in the army and traveled to Texas with his regiment. Unfortunately, he contracted tuberculosis and died in an army hospital at Indianola, Calhoun County, Texas, now a ghost town. A marker in his memory was placed in San Antonio National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.
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  1864-1866, 38th Regiment Infantry U.S. Colored Troops
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  1864-1864 Civil War/Battle of Chaffin's Farm
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