Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Sad Story of General John Barry of North Carolina-- Part 2

Major Barry was the one who ordered the regiment to continue firing on Jackson's group, convinced that it was federal cavalry in the front.

He was promoted to colonel May 27, 1863, to rank from May 3rd. The regiment fought in the Overland Campaign where he took over the brigade command when after Col. James H. Lane was wounded. Barry was promoted to the temporary rank of brigadier general, but was wounded a month later at Cold Harbor, but the rank was never confirmed by the Confederate Congress.

He returned to duty in February 1865.

After the war, he only lived a short time, but was the editor of a Wilmington, NC, newspaper.

He died March 24, 1867 at the age of 29. Friends and family hold that he died "from a broken heart" for his role in the wounding of Jackson.

He is buried in Wilmington's Oakdale Cemetery.

A Sad Story. --Old B-R'er