BARBER, J.L. (1836 ~ 1912). Confederate veteran J.L. Barber was born in Georgia in 1836.
Barber enlisted in Company E of the 14th Alabama Infantry July 1, 1861, in Lafayette, Alabama. He was part of Wilcox's Brigade and the Army of Northern Virginia. He first appears on military rolls in September of 1861. The history of his regiment indicates that they were sent to Richmond, Virginia to rest after suffering from camp diseases, such as measles, twice during the remainder of 1861.
Barber reappears in military rolls taken in February of 1862. He was in the Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, for unknown reasons beginning February 12, 1862 and returned to duty March 7, 1862. On or about May 5, 1862, J.L. Barber was wounded at the Battle of Williamsburg. He eventually returned to service and was then wounded again on September 17, 1862. On October 20, 1862 he was elected Sergeant.
In January and February of 1863, Barber was on a furlough and also elected 2nd Lieutenant. He returned to duty in March and in July of that year he was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. He received a gun shot wound to the shoulder and the ball lodged in his left lung. He was furloughed 60 days to his home in Lafayette, Alabama.
He returned to service, but is not located in military records again until April 9, 1865, when he appeared on a Parole of Prisoners of War surrendered by General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House.
Barber moved to Texas in 1877. He eventually made Mt. Pleasant his home and worked as a farmer. He was married but was a widower when he entered the Confederate Men's Home on February 14, 1911. The only person he wanted to notify upon his death was his half-brother, a G.B. Dickson, also living in Mt. Pleasant.
Barber died April 29, 1912, and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery.
Information taken from compiled military records, Confederate Home Roster records, Barber's Confederate Pension Application, and the National Park Service website at itd.nps.gov.