Daguerreotype of John D. Barry in uniform.
John Decatur Barry (1833-1867) went to the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill), and enlisted in Company I of the 18th North Carolina Infantry at the start of the Civil War. He was promoted to major after the battle of Sharpsburg in 1862, and is reported to have given the orders to continue firing on Stonewall Jackson's group as they attempted to ride through Lane's brigade at Chancerllorsville, thinking it was Union Cavalry. Jackson later died of his injuries. Barry continued to command, and surrendered with Lee at Appomattox Court House. He returned to Wilmington, NC and worked as editor and proprietor of the "Wilmington Dispatch" until his death in 1867. He is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
Barry, John Decatur, 1833-1867; Soldiers--Confederate States of America
Owen and Barry Family Papers, 1820-1978, Sp. Coll. #1247
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