Friday, March 20, 2015

The SS Gen. Lyon Disaster-- Part 8: Who Was Barney Losey?

Again, Barney Losey was listed as being a member of the 5th Virginia Infantry regiment.  there was also a 5th West Virginia Infantry regiment, this one in Union service.  It was mustered into the Army in 1861, while still a part of Virginia, which may have had something to do with his being listed as being in the 5th Virginia.

I came across a full roster of men serving in the 5th West Virginia and there was a Barnett Losey listed as a private in Co. G.  Was this the Barney Losey in the New York Times article?  It said he was discharged as a private

Joining the regiment might also have been a family affair as there was also a John P. Losey in Co. D of the regiment listed as being a corporal, but discharged as a private.  Joshua P.Losey was also a corporal in Co. D, discharged as a private.  William S. Losey was a private in Co. D.

I have to wonder why Barnett Losey wasn't in Company D with his relatives, if that was the case.

So, Most Likely Barney Losey was Barnett Losey of the 5th West Virginia Infantry regiment.

--Old Secesh

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