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The Alexander Barr collection consists of 17 letters written in between March 14, 1864 and June 3, 1865. The majority of the letters are addressed to his brother Charles in Taylorstown, PA, with the exception of at least one letter composed for his brother Jeff in April, 1864. Most of the letters in the collection date from the time Barr served on Maryland Heights and Harper’s Ferry. Included in the letters are Barr’s experiences as a new recruit in the artillery with topics ranging from the “very poor grub” at the artillery cookhouse, the oppressiveness of the summer weather and the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the evacuation of Richmond.

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Publication Date

June 2006


Civil War, 3rd Independent Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Cross Keys, Second Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Battle of Gettysburg, Maryland Heights, Harper's Ferry, Robert E. Lee, Richmond


History | Military History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-073: Alexander C. Barr, Battery F, 3rd Independent PA Light Artillery