Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Archie Barr

Archie Barr

Representing: Union
G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA

Unit History

  • 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry A & C

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Archie Barr
Full Unit History

Organized: 11/18/62 Camp Simmons, Harrisburg, PA
Mustered Out: 8/11/65 Richmond, VA

Regimental History

The 16th Pennsylvania cavalry, the 161 regiment of the line, and a three-year unit, was to spend its entire existence with the Army of The Potomac. It was to be involved in one capacity or another in all that Army’s movements from Chancellorsville, VA in May, 1863 through Farmville, near Appomattox Courthouse, VA in April, 1865.

During the closing days of the War the 16th was incessantly active in locations such as Five Forks, Amelia Springs, Sailor’s Creek and, as noted, Farmville. Following the close of hostilities the regiment was posted at Lynchburg, VA to “preserve order and guard property.”

Its final movement was to Richmond where it saw final muster.

Soldier History

Residence: Benezette, Elk Co., PA   Age: 18.5 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 3/6/1865   Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 8/11/65 Richmond, VA
Highest Rank: Pvt.

Family History


   Archy H. Barr was born in Clearfield Co., PA 9/12/46 to parents John L (b.NY) and Lecrisa (nee Lewis b/NY) Barr.  No additional details are available on his birth family or formative years.

   In the closing days of the American Civil War the 5’ 9 ½ “ teenaged “lumberman” enlisted in the U.S. cavalry.  Private Barr’s military tenure was short, and apparently, fairly uneventful.  Document entries reflect only an absence or two, most likely the result of minor illnesses (fever, diarrhea), plus an inter-regimental transfer from one company to another.  As this transfer occurred on 7/12/65, after the War had ended, it was likely due to company “consolidation” as enlistments ended and soldiers were sent home. 

   After discharge, “home” for Mr. Barr was Cameron Co. PA where he was to reside for five years.  During those years he married Josephine Elizabeth Barr.  The union would produce six children:  Calvin M. (8/2/68), Etta M. (4/26/70), Grace G.  (11/2/80), Daisy M. (9/16/73), Milo S. (2/25/87), and Stanley A. (4/3/89).  Circa 1870 the Barr’s resettled in Elk Co., PA.  They were to remain there for thirty eight years after which, in the spring of 1908, they removed to the Puget Sound area of Washington State.  Why they came here is not noted, but likely it was to be near the families of one or more of their adult children.  Laborer “A.H.” Barr, the moniker by which he once noted he “was known,” died 5/27/16 in Lowell, WA on the southeast outskirts of present day Everett.  Cause of his passing was noted as: Osteomyelitis with contributing pneumonia.  At death he was age 69.8 years and was receiving a $15 per month government disability stipend.  Josephine died 5/19/19.  At death she was receiving $25 per month based on her late husband’s teenaged soldiering.  


Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
Row: 12
Site: 4

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