Manuscripts Division William L. Clements Library University of Michigan
Finding aid for George Barnett Papers, 1864
James S. Schoff Civil War Collection
Finding aid created by Philip Heslip, August 2009
Title: George Barnett papers Creator: Barnett, George A. C., 1840-1914 Inclusive dates: 1864 Extent: 192 pages (27 items) Abstract:
The George A.C. Barnett papers consists of a set of letters written to a woman named "Dotty" between November 30, 1864, and December 25, 1864, while Barnett was serving as 1st Lieutenant in the 17th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry.
Language: The material is in English Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190 Phone: 734-764-2347 Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
Access and Use
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown.
Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.
George Barnett Papers, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.
The correspondence series is organized chronologically.
George A.C. Barnett was born in New Jersey c.1840, and enlisted in the Union army in New York City on April 23, 1861. He first served in the 9th Infantry, Co. B, then as adjutant for Co. G from May 29, 1863, to October 14, 1863. On December 29, 1863, he was promoted to 1st lieutenant. From October 1863 until March 1865, Barnett served in the 17th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry as 1st lieutenant, Co. G, 1st lieutenant, Co. B, and as adjutant.
After the war, Barnett practiced law in Manhattan. New York City directories list him as lawyer from 1867-1874, a publisher from 1875-1878, and again as a lawyer from 1879-1881. Census records show that in 1870, Barnett was living in Morrisania, New York, with his wife, Emma. In 1910, he lived in Manhattan with his wife, daughter Pierce Edna, and grandson George. Barnett died in 1914.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The correspondence of George A.C. Barnett consists of a set of 27 letters written to a woman named "Dotty" between the dates of November 30, 1864, and December 25, 1864. The letters were written from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Just as Barnett arrived in Tennessee, the railroad was cut, making it impossible to send or receive mail. As a result, Barnett collected his daily correspondence, numbered each page, and eventually sent the batch of letters as a collected work. The letters, totaling 192 pages, describe Barnett's daily activities, thoughts, and feelings.
A small printed etching of the Three Graces is affixed to the November 30th letter. Pen and ink drawings illustrate the letters of December 18th (a man in tall boots), 19th (a pair of elegant "breeches"), and 20th (a horse).
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence.
United States. Army--New York Infantry, 9th.
United States. Army--New York Veteran Infantry, 17th.
Subjects - Visual Materials:
Clothing and dress.
Drawings (visual works)
Container / Location
Box 69, Schoff Civil War Collection
November 1864-December 1864
December 3-9, 1864
December 10-17, 1864
December 17-20, 1864
December 21-25, 1864
Photocopies of materials in the George Barnett papers
Typescripts of materials in the George Barnett papers
Additional Descriptive Data
The 17th New York Veteran Infantry Regiment is also represented in the Fish family papers.