★ ★  Barlow, Francis C.

Francis Channing Barlow

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Born: October 19, 1834

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York

Father: Rev. David Hatch Barlow 1805 – 1864

Mother: Almira Cornelia Penniman 1810 – 1864
(Buried: Walnut Street Cemetery, Brookline, Massachusetts)​

1st Wife: Arabella Wharton Griffith 1824 – 1864
(Buried: Old Somerville Cemetery, Somerville, New Jersey)​
Info: Army nurse who died of Typhoid Fever​

2nd Wife: Ellen “Nellie” Shaw 1845 – 1936
(Buried: Moravian Cemetery, New Drop, New York)​
Info: Sister of Colonel Robert G. Shaw​

Children:

Robert Shaw Barlow 1869 – 1943​
(Buried: Moravian Cemetery, New Drop, New York)​
Charles Lowell Barlow 1871 – 1965​
(Buried: Moravian Cemetery, New Drop, New York)​

Education:

Graduated from Harvard University – (1st in class)​

Occupation before War:

Member of Newspaper Staff at New York Tribune Newspaper​

Civil War Career:

1861: Private in 12th New York State Militia Regiment​
1861: 1st Lt. in 12th New York State Militia Regiment​
1861 – 1862: Lt. Colonel of 61st New York Volunteers Infantry Regt.​
1862: Colonel of 61st New York Volunteers Infantry Regiment​
1862: Served in the Battle of Seven Pines, Virginia​
1862: Advanced his men into the fight at Battle of Glendale, Virginia​
1862: Picked up Confederate Battle Flag at Battle of Malvern Hill​
1862: Wounded in the face and groin at Battle of Antietam, Maryland​
1862 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1863: Served in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Wounded in the left during the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania​
1863: Cared for by Brig. General John B. Gordon at Gettysburg​
1863 – 1864: Leave of absence from army due to his wounds​
1864: Division Commander at Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia​
1864: Division Commander at Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia​
1864: Brevetted Major General not confirmed until Feb. 14th,1865​
1864: Served at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia
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1864 – 1865: Served in the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia​
1865: Served in the Battle of Saylor’s Creek, Virginia​
1865: Served in the Battle of High Bridge, Virginia​
1865: Commander of II Army Corps, in Army of the Potomac​
1865: Appointed Major General, but not confirmed until 1866​
1865: Mustered out of the Union Army on November 16th

Occupation after War:

1866 – 1867: New York Secretary of State​
1869: United States Marshal, Southern District of New York​
1872 – 1873: New York State Attorney General​
1876: Investigator of Hayes – Tilden Presidential Election​
1876 - 1896: Attorney in New York City, New York​

Died:
January 11, 1896

Place of Death: New York City, New York

Cause of Death: Bright’s Disease

Age at time of Death: 61 years old

Burial Place: Walnut Street Cemetery, Brookline, Massachusetts
 
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That leave of absence for his Gettysburg wound was for 10 months, that's how long it took him to recover. Upon his return He led a division at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor. He was again granted an extended sick leave a month after the Petersburg siege. This he used to travel to Europe to regain his health. He returned to divisional command in the last days of the war and was in reserve at Sayler's Creek. His division also fought at Farmville and was at Appomattox. He wasn't promoted to Major General until after the hostilities ceased.
 

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Francis Channing Barlow:
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Born: October 19, 1834View attachment 378371
Birthplace: Brooklyn New York
Father: Rev. David Hatch Barlow 1805 – 1864
Mother: Almira Cornelia Penniman 1810 – 1864
(Buried: Walnut Street Cemetery Brookline Massachusetts)
1st​ Wife: Arabella Wharton Griffith 1824 – 1864
Info: Army nurse who died of Typhoid Fever
(Buried: Old Somerville Cemetery Somerville New Jersey)
2nd​ Wife: Ellen “Nellie” Shaw 1845 – 1936
(Buried: Morvian Cemetery New Drop New York)
Info: Sister of Colonel Robert G. Shaw
Children:
Robert Shaw Barlow 1869 – 1943
(Buried: Morvian Cemetery New Drop New York)
Charles Lowell Barlow 1871 – 1965
(Buried: Morvian Cemetery New Drop New York)

Education:
Graduated from Harvard University – (1st​ in class)

Occupation before War:
Member of Newspaper Staff at New York Tribune Newspaper

Civil War Career:
1861: Private in 12th​ New York State Militia Regiment
1861: 1st​ Lt. in 12th​ New York State Militia Regiment
1861 – 1862: Lt. Colonel of 61st​ New York Volunteers Infantry Regt.
1862: Colonel of 61st​ New York Volunteers Infantry Regiment
1862: Served in the Battle of Seven Pines Virginia
1862: Advanced his men into the fight at Battle of Glendale VA.
1862: Picked up Confederate Battle Flag at Battle of Malvern Hill
1862: Wounded in the face and groin at Battle of Antietam Md.
1862 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers
1863: Served in the Battle of Chancellorsville Virginia
1863: Wounded in the left during the Battle of Gettysburg Pa.
1863: Cared for by Brig. General John B. Gordon at Gettysburg
1863 – 1864: Leave of absence from army due to his wounds
1864: Division Commander at Battle of the Wilderness VA.
1864: Division Commander at Battle of Spotsylvania VA.
1864: Brevetted Major General not confirmed until Feb. 14th​,1865
1864: Served at the Battle of Cold Harbor VirginiaView attachment 378372
1864 – 1865: Served in the Siege of Petersburg Virginia
1865: Served in the Battle of Saylor’s Creek Virginia
1865: Served in the Battle of High Bridge Virginia
1865: Commander of II Army Corps in Army of the Potomac
1865: Appointed Major General but not confirmed until 1866
1865: Mustered out of the Union Army on November 16th​

Occupation after War:
1866 – 1867: New York State Secretary of State
1869: United States Marshal Southern District of New York
1872 – 1873: New York State Attorney General
1876: Investigator of Hayes – Tilden Presidential Election
1876 - 1896: Attorney in New York City New York

Died:
January 11, 1896
Place of Death: New York City New York
Cause of Death: Bright’s Disease
Age at time of Death: 61 years old
Burial Place: Walnut Street Cemetery Brookline Massachusetts
Barlow, after being wounded at Gettysburg, ran into General John Brown Gordon, who gave him a canteen to drink and placed him in the shade of a tree. Gordon claimed he thought Barlow was dead for decades, and Barlow (after hearing of the death of James Brown Gordon at Meadow Bridge in 1864) believed the same occured to Gordon. While in Washington, Gordon met with Barlow, and the two apparently became life long friends.
Both men professed their friendship and recounted the stories themselves. However, it is strange that Gordon didn't know Barlow survived Gettysburg, as his command would face off against Barlow's division often during the Overland Campaign, and must have heard from prisoners that he faced "Barlow's division". As well as during the Appomattox Campaign.
 

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Barlow was certainly a brave soldier, and a diehard abolitionist. However, many of the men under his command despised him for being a strict disciplinarian, which seemed to work out better when he moved to the 2nd Corps in 1864, than it did with the troops of the 11th Corps.
 

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In a letter to his family, I don't remember which family member, maybe his Mother, he seems to blame his soldiers for their defeat at Gettysburg, saying something to the effect he had an "enviable position" but his men weren't up to the task. I'm no expert but the position doesn't look to "enviable" to me. If I remember correctly he has a rather low opinion of immigrants in general.

John
 

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Bumping for Antietam.
Barlow was leading the consolidated 61st/64th New York on Richardson's assault on the Sunken Road, helping achieve the Union breakthrough in that sector. He was wounded in the groin. His brigade commander commended the Massachusetts newspaper man and two days after the battle, Barlow became a brigadier.
 
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After being given the command of the 1st division,XI Corps, to replace it's wounded commander, He angered his men by having Col. Leopold von Gilsa arrested. It was probably for Gilsa's using alot of profanity in German in the presence of General Howard,who thought Gilsa had gone insane. Plus Gilsa allowing his men to leave the column to get water. Barlow's disdain for stragglers was a personal obsession. The Germans in the division saw Barlow as a "petty tyrant".
 

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Barlow graduated from Yale College in 1855. (The Report to the Secretary of the Class of 1855, of Harvard College, July 1855 to July 1865, Boston: Printed by Alfred Mudge and Son, 1865, p. 11)

In an obituary, the Barlow-Gordon incident at Gettysburg is described: Two of his men attempted to bear him through that shower of lead from the field [on July 1], but one was instantly killed, and Gen. Barlow told the other to save himself. Here he was found by Gen. John B. Gordon, whose Georgia brigade had just charged over the ground. At Barlow's request, Gordon read to him one of his wife's letters, which Barlow carried with him, and making the supposed dying man as comfortable as possible Gordon rode on. Years afterward, when Gordon had become a Senator of the United States, he met in Washington a gentleman named Barlow, and asked him whether he was related to an officer of that name killed at Gettysburg. "I am the man," said Barlow. He had been nursed back to life by his wife, though she herself died of fever contracted while caring for wounded soldiers. (National Tribune, January 16, 1896, p. 4)

Barlow was initially taken to the barn of Josiah Benner just across Rock Creek on the Harrisburg Road by order of Lt. Andrew Lewis Pitzer, an aide on Early's staff. On the morning of July 2, he was moved to the John S. Crawford house located on the outskirts of Gettysburg, which for a time served as Ewell's headquarters, then to the George Spangler farm, the Eleventh Corps hospital, after the Confederate retreat.
 
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After being given the command of the 1st division,XI Corps, to replace it's wounded commander, He angered his men by having Col. Leopold von Gilsa arrested. It was probably for Gilsa's using alot of profanity in German in the presence of General Howard,who thought Gilsa had gone insane. Plus Gilsa allowing his men to leave the column to get water. Barlow's disdain for stragglers was a personal obsession. The Germans in the division saw Barlow as a "petty tyrant".
He used to carry a heavy Cavalry Saber and whacked the backside of stragglers and had a company with fixed bayonets follow behind his marching columns. He was known for his personal disdain of stragglers.
 
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Barlow was present at Appomattox as he had taken over the 2nd division, II Corps just days before (April 6, 1865). General William Hays had been commanding this division but was relieved of command for sleeping on the job and his failing to prepare his men for the pursuit of the Confederate army. Hays' brevets were revoked and his command given to Barlow.
 

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He did not age well.
Yeah, I thought that bizarre deformed double chin was the result of his war wounds...but I found this photo of him in 1864 with other 2nd Corps Commanders, and he looks fine, face wise. Was it simply aging? Or was it the after effects of his wounds didn't manifest physically until later life? (If that last statement doesn't tell y'all my level of science education, I don't know what else will).
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