b. 1843 Williamsburg, New York. d. 22/04/1900 Viola, Idaho.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 15/01/1865 Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
Barter volunteered for service in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Union steam frigate USS Minnesota. His enlistment is credited to the state of New York. On January 15, 1865 the North Carolina Confederate stronghold of Fort Fisher was taken by a combined Union storming party of sailors, marines, and soldiers under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter and General Alfred Terry. Barter was one of nine crewmen from the USS Minnesota who received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the battle.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Landsman Gurdon H. Barter, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving on board the U.S.S. Minnesota in action during the assault on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, 15 January 1865. Landing on the beach with the assaulting party from his ship, Landsman Barter advanced to the top of the sand hill and partly through the breach in the palisades despite enemy fire which killed and wounded many officers and men. When more than two-thirds of the men became seized with panic and retreated on the run, he remained with the party until dark, when it came safely away, bringing its wounded, its arms, and its colors.
BURIAL LOCATION: VIOLA CEMETERY, VIOLA, IDAHO.
PLOT 66, GRAVE 3
LOCATION OF MEDAL: IDAHO MILITARY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, BOISE, IDAHO.