Captain Jesse Sharpe Barnes, 4th NC Infantry

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A colorized version of the Capt. Jesse S. Barnes portrait that is in the Civil War Collection of the Library of Congress.

Captain Jesse Sharpe Barnes enlisted in the 4th North Carolina Infantry, Co. F at the age of 18 on May 16, 1861 and a little over a year later he was dead,  killed at the Battle of Seven Pines in Virginia on May 31, 1861.  He was a Wilson County native and a nephew of General Joseph Barnes.  Jesse’s brother Lt. William Sharpe Barnes survived the war but was badly wounded at the Siege of Petersburg.

The brothers were brought to my attention by a researcher from Germany who is visiting Wilson next month.  I ran it by my 80 year old volunteer and he knew all about the Barnes siblings and he actually has the book of minutes from the Jesse S. Barnes Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans that was started in the late 1800’s.  He said a lady from the local Daughters of the Confederacy gave the book to him because everyone who was in the camp had died.  It is a great resource for the death dates of members who died before death certificates were issued in 1913.

Also Jesse was quite a handsome man for the disease ravaged 1860s and he is featured in the 2013 My Daguerreotype Boyfriend calender, which is full of  19th century eye candy.

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Captain Barnes with the requisite Civil War facial hair. This portrait was found in an antique shop in 1992 and when the Library of Congress started placing its images on Flickr in 2009 it was recognized that the two portraits were of the same person.

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