b. 11/07/1841 Westerly, Rhode Island. d. 26/06/1925 Westerly, Rhode Island.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/04/1865 Petersburg, Virginia.
Barber enlisted as an artillery man in the First Rhode Island Light Artillery on November 11, 1861 at age 20. He was among a twenty member detachment of his company, Battery G., along with an infantry assaulting party, that captured enemy weapons and assaulted enemy forces, on 2 April 1865 at the Battle of Petersburg, Virginia. He was presented with his medal on 20 June 1866. Little else is known about his life.
Was one of a detachment of 20 picked artillerymen who voluntarily accompanied an infantry assaulting party, and who turned upon the enemy the guns captured in the assault.
BURIAL LOCATION: RIVER BEND CEMETERY, WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND.
SECTION 21, LOT 385
LOCATION OF MEDAL: FAMILY.