CLIPPED SIGNATURE UNION BRIG. GEN. JAMES BARNES – 5TH CORPS DIVISION COMMANDER, SEVERELY WOUNDED AT GETTYSBURG

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Bold signature, in ink, on 7” x 7 1/8” section cut from a larger document.  “James Barnes. 5th Corps U.S.”  Excellent condition.

Barnes, brigadier-general, was born in Boston, Mass., in 1806, and graduated at West Point in 1829.  He resigned at the end of seven years, service, having attained the rank of first lieutenant in the 4th artillery, and was then until 1857 a railroad engineer and builder of railroads. Returning to service in the army at the outbreak of the Civil war, he was colonel of the 18th Mass. volunteers from July 26, 1861, to Nov. 29, 1862, when he was promoted brigadier-

general.  He took part in the engagements of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and the skirmishes of Aldie and Upperville, and the battle of Gettysburg, where he commanded 1st Division, 5th Corps,, and was severely wounded.  He was afterwards on court-martial duty in command of various posts until the close of the war, and on March 13, 1865, he was brevetted major-general of volunteers.  He was mustered out of the service in Jan., 1866, and died at Springfield, Mass., Feb. 12, 1869, having never fully recovered from wounds and exposure.

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