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James Barnes Letters

An inventory of his correspondence at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Barnes, James, -1865.
Title: James Barnes Letters
Inclusive Dates: 1862-1865
Quantity: 52 items
Abstract: Papers of the Civil War soldier of the 146th Regiment, New York State Volunteers. Chiefly correspondence to his wife, Catherine Barnes (1862-1865). Other correspondents to Mrs. Barnes are William T. Tull, chaplain at the Washington Street Hospital and Arthur B. Johnson.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

James Barnes was a Civil War soldier of the 146th Regiment, New York State Volunteers. He died at Washington Street Hospital, in Petersburg, Virginia.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The James Barnes Letters consist of letters from the Civil War soldier to his wife Catharine from army camps and hospitals in Virginia and Washington, D.C.. The letters describe the day-to-day life of a Civil War soldier and the movements of his regiment, with a few brief accounts of unidentified battles. Two letters from a chaplain at Washington St. Hospital, Petersburg, Va., to Mrs. Barnes announce her husband's death and give further details.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Arranged chronologically.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Barnes, Catherine.
Barnes, James, -1865.
Johnson, Arthur B.
Tull, William T.

Corporate Bodies

United States. -- Army. -- History.
United States. -- Army. -- New York Infantry Regiment, 146th (1862-1865)


Soldiers -- New York.


United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Genres and Forms




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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

James Barnes Letters
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: [Summit record]
Date: 1993-08-03
Revision history: 23 Aug 2007 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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SC 2 Miscellaneous 1862-1865

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