BARFIELD, JAMES H. (1846 ~ 1926). Confederate veteran James H. Barfield was born June 17, in the year 1844 or 1846 (ed - records conflict), near Louisville, in Winston County, Mississippi. Nothing is known of his early life.
Barfield enlisted as a private in Company B, of the 35th Mississippi Infantry. He was part of Sears' Brigade, Francis' Division. Though many of Barfield's military records have not been located, the records that have all tell of his absence and time at various hospitals, from March of 1862 until October of 1863.
Barfield's regiment participated in the battles at Corinth, Vicksburg, New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mountain, and Chattahoochee River, but it is uncertain if Barfield participated in any of these battles. According to Barfield's Confederate Pension Application, his command was surrendered at Mobile, Alabama in May 1865, but he was in the hospital in Lauderdale Springs, Mississippi and was not paroled for that reason.
James H. Barfield came to Texas in 1885 and was married to a woman named Mary Jane. It is uncertain if they had any children, though his Confederate Home Roster lists a R.L. Barfield in Lufkin, Texas as a correspondent. According to his pension request, Barfield was a shoe-maker; his Home roster says he was a farmer. Before entering the Texas Confederate Home on June 2, 1926, Barfield lived with his wife in Palestine. They moved to the home together.
Barfield died December 5, 1926 and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery. Mary Jane Barfield remained at the Texas Confederate Home until December 16, 1926 when she was transferred to the Confederate Women's Home. She is also buried at the Texas State Cemetery.
Information from Barfield's compiled military service records, Confederate Pension Application, Widow's Application for Pension, Confederate Home Roster, and the National Park Service website at itd.nps.gov.