★ ★  Barlow, Francis C.

Francis Channing Barlow


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​


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


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​

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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First Sergeant
Jul 20, 2019
If I remember correctly, (always a slippery slope), after enlisting as a private he soon found that position not to his liking. So he goes to daddy who pulls strings to get him a commission.

I believe many members of the Irish Brigade felt about the same concerning him as the Germans of the 11th. Corps did.

From my reading about him, I must admit to having devloped an intense dislike for the guy myself.


Luke Freet

First Sergeant
Forum Host
Nov 8, 2018
Palm Coast, Florida
@Tom Elmore I had been under the impression that the Barlow/Gordon incident at Gettysburg had been debunked?

to my own knowledge, the incident itself probably did, but the postwar stuff about the two thinking the other dead is questionable, given Gordon was directly facing off against Barlow's Division at the Mule Shoe, and should have gotten prisoners from his command to tell him what unit they were from. Maybe they did meet, and Barlow did confuse John Gordon with James Gordon (honest mistake), and so the surprise would have been more one sided.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
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.
That 61st New York that Barlow commanded up until his Antietam wounding was taken over by it's Lt. Colonel, Nelson A. Miles.