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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