John Decatur Barry

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John Decatur Barry was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, on June 21, 1839, and was educated at the University of North Carolina. At the outbreak of war he enlisted as a private in Company I of the 18th North Carolina State Troops, originally the 8th North Carolina Volunteers. Upon the reorganization of the regiment in April 1862, he was elected captain of his company. As a part of Branch's (later Lane's) brigade, the 18th fought through the Seven Days, Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, Chantilly, Harper's Ferry, and Sharpsburg. After the last named battle Barry was promoted major and, after Chancellorsville, colonel of the regiment, which the following month took a gallant part in Pickett's assault at Gettysburg. When General Lane was wounded at Cold Harbor, Barry was appointed brigadier general from August 3, 1864. However, he was himself wounded by a sharpshooter a few days later; and Lane having meanwhile returned to command, Barry's appointment was cancelled. Since he was disabled by his wound, he was assigned to departmental duty in North Carolina. After the war, his health broken, he edited a newspaper in Wilmington, where at the early age of 27, he died on March 24, 1867, and where he is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.