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

Summary Information
Title: George Barnett papers
Creator: Barnett, George A. C., 1840-1914
Inclusive dates: 1864
Extent: 192 pages (27 items)
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
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1997. M-3358.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown.

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Preferred Citation:

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).

Subject Terms

    • 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:
    • Horses.
    • Clothing and dress.
    Genre Terms:
    • Drawings (visual works)
    • Engravings (prints)
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   69, Schoff Civil War Collection  
    Correspondence [series]
    Folder   1  
     November 1864-December 1864
    Folder   2  
     December 3-9, 1864
    Folder   3  
     December 10-17, 1864
    Folder   4  
     December 17-20, 1864
    Folder   5  
     December 21-25, 1864
    Folder   6  
    Photocopies of materials in the George Barnett papers
    Folder   7  
    Typescripts of materials in the George Barnett papers
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The 17th New York Veteran Infantry Regiment is also represented in the Fish family papers.