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Civil War Soldiers - Banks

Barlow, Francis C., major-general, was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., Oct. 19, 1834. He was graduated at Harvard, ranking first in his class, then studied law in New York city, and practiced there, being for a time also on the editorial staff of the "Tribune." In 1861 he enlisted as a private in the 12th regiment, New York state national guard, and at the end of the three months' service had been promoted lieutenant. He at once re-entered the service as lieutenant-colonel of the 61st N. Y. volunteers, was promoted colonel during the siege of Yorktown, and at Fair Oaks distinguished himself so that he was later promoted brigadier-general. At Antietam his command captured 2 stands of Confederate colors and 300 prisoners, but he himself was severely wounded. Recovering, he fought at Chancellorsville, but at Gettysburg he was again severely wounded and taken prisoner. He was exchanged and recovered in time to take the field again the following spring, and at Spottsylvania Court House, May 12, 1864, commanded the 1st division, which, with the 3d division formed the rush line, the assault of which carried the Confederate works, making possible the victory. Gen. Barlow participated in the final campaigns of the Potomac under Grant, was present at the assault on the enemy's lines at Petersburg, and at the surrender of the Confederate forces in April, 1865. Upon being mustered out, he returned to New York, and was from 1865 to 1868 secretary of state for New York, and in 1872-73 attorney-general. He then returned to the practice of law. Gen. Barlow died in 1896.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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