1862-63: Albert Jenkins Barnard Letters

Albert Jenkins Barnard, 1861 (Ron Coddington Collection)

These 38 letters were written by Albert Jenkins Barnard (1841-1916) of Buffalo, New York, who enlisted on 13 August 1862 to serve three years in the 116th New York Volunteers. He mustered in as Captain of Co. B and rose in rank to Lieutenant-Colonel of the Regiment in June 1863 but was discharged the following month—his discharge dated 29 July 1863.

Albert was the son of Albert Barnard (1815-1849) and Elizabeth Atwater Jenkins (1820-1875) of Buffalo, Erie county, New York. Albert’s younger and only brother, Lewis (“Lewie”) Jenkins Barnard (1843-1876) is frequently mentioned in these letters.

At the time of the 1855 New York State Census, 34 year-old Elizabeth Barnard—a widow—was boarding with her two sons, Albert and Lewis with the James Faxon family in Buffalo. Faxon was a printer.

In the 1880 US Census, Albert was enumerated in Buffalo and identified as a manufacture or nuts and bolts. In the 1891 publication of The Iron Age, Albert was identified as the junior partner in the firm of Plumb, Burdict & Barnard which manufactured nuts and bolts. His partners were Ralph Plumb and Orrin C. Burdict. Their shop was at 637 Clinton Street in Buffalo.

Albert married Clara A. Sizer in 1871.

List of Letters

9 September 1862; Camp Chapin, 2 miles from Baltimore

11 September 1862; Camp Chapin, 2 miles from Baltimore

22 September 1862; Camp Belger

4 October 1862; Camp Belger

11 October 1862; Camp Belger

13 October 1862; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

17 October 1862; Camp Belger

17 October 1862; Camp Belger

26 October 1862; Camp Chapin

16 November 1862; Steamer Atlantic at Hampton Roads

20 November 1862; Fortress Monroe

23 November 1862; Steamer Atlantic at Hampton Roads

27 November 1862; Steamer Atlantic at Hampton Roads

30 November 1862; Steamer Atlantic at Hampton Roads

30 November 1862; Steamer Atlantic at Hampton Roads

3 December 1862; Steamer Atlantic at Hampton Roads

14 December 1862; Steamer Atlantic off Ship Island

21 December 1862: Ship Island

2 January 1863; Greenville, Louisiana

19 January 1863; Greenville, Louisiana

20 February 1863; Greenville, Louisiana

3 March 1863; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

5 March 1863; HQ 1st Brigade, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

9 March 1863; HQ 1st Brigade, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

10 March 1863: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

16 March 1863; Camp near Baton Rouge, Louisiana

10 April 1863; Camp Niagara, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

15 April 1863; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

8 May 1863; Camp Niagara, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

16 May 1863; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

23 May 1863; Bivouac near Port Hudson, Louisiana

28 May 1863; In the field near Port Hudson, Louisiana

30 May 1863; In front of Port Hudson, Louisiana

8 June 1863; In field front of Port Hudson, Louisiana

19 June 1863; In front of Port Hudson, Louisiana

19 June 1863; In front Port Hudson, Louisiana

20 July 1863; Camp Niagara, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1 August 1863; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Prior to his enlistment in the 116th New York Infantry, Albert served as Captain of the Citizens’ Light Guard in Buffalo, New York. This was one of the local militia units. This newspaper advertisement announced the program for the 4th of July (1862) celebration in Buffalo in which Capt. Barnard & the Citizen’s Light Guard participated.
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