Officer in the Regular Army and Colored Troops
This image was taken by Metropolitan Gallery, J.H. Van Stavuren, Nashville, Tenn., of Colonel Robert W. Barnard, commanding at the time, 101st U.S. Colored Troops.
Barnard received his commission as a 1st Lieutenant in the 19th U.S. Infantry in 1861 shortly after the war had begun. In 1863 he joined the regiment in the field as a captain, during the Battle of Chickamauga. This is where the regiment earned it motto, “The Rock of Chickamauga.” He would serve with the 19th through the to the Atlanta Campaign.
In November of that year, Barnard was promoted to Colonel of the 101st USCT being organized in Tenn. That regiment would see action against Confederate forces in Alabama. After the war he returned to the 19th Infantry and commanded Fort Smith, Arkansas. After that he served at Fort Riley, Kansas and Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
In 1869, with the reorganization of the military, the 2nd Bn of the 19th became the 28th Infantry and Barnard and family went to Louisiana. Barnard got sick there and died in 1870.
Fine image quality. Revenue stamp partially torn away.
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