Faces of the Sixth- The Barbee’s of Company I

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The following photographs and information are original members of the “Bloody Sixth”. I am honored to include their stories and images here. If you would like to share a story or photo about your 6th NCST ancestor, please leave a comment and I will be in touch.


The Barbee Brothers of Company I

The Barbee family appears in the 1860 Federal Census living in the eastern district of the county of Chatam. William, a 45 year old farmer and his wife Eliza, age 47, have 7 children living in their household.  Thomas (22),  Henry (21), Rufus (18), Cornelia (16), Ann (12), William (7) and Milly (5).

The three eldest brothers answered the call of the Confederacy. Only two survived. Here are their stories.


 

Corporal Thomas C. Barbee, Company I, Sixth North Carolina State Troops

Born: 16 April 1837
Prior Occupation: Farmer
Enlisted: May 28, 1861, for the war.
Where: Wake County (North Carolina Grays)
Age at enlistment: 24
Wounded: in leg at Gaines’ Mill, Virginia, June 27, 1862.
Paroled: Present or accounted for until paroled at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865.

Corporal Thomas C. Barbee

Corporal Thomas C. Barbee (courtesy of descendant William O’Quinn)

Thomas C. Barbee (courtesy of descendant William O'Quinn)

Thomas C. Barbee with Paul Barbee circa 1890 (courtesy of descendant William O’Quinn)

 

Thomas enlisted in Wake County at age 24, May 28, 1861, for the war.  Brother Rufus, cousin Mordecai and himself are among 91 young men that joined the newly formed
“North Carolina Grays” that day in Morrisville, North Carolina. The members were mostly from  western Wake and Chatham counties and enlisted in Wake County on May 28, 1861. They went into the camp of instruction near Company Shops (Burlington), Alamance County, June 1, 1861, and were assigned to the 6th Regiment, North Carolina State troops as Company I.

Thomas mustered in as Private. He was wounded in the leg at Gaines’ Mill, Virginia, June 27, 1862. He was promoted to Corporal on August 1, 1863. He was present or accounted for until paroled at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865.

Barbee Headstone

When he returned from the war He married Rebecca Trice on March 14, 1867. They had eight children, 5 sons and 3 daughters.

His farm was on the Barbee Road just below the Tyler Barbee estate. He was known by his family as William.

William Thomas Clingman Barbee died in 1903 and  is buried at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Chatham County, North Carolina.


Sergeant Rufus Barbee, Company I, Sixth North Carolina State Troops

Thomas’ youngest military age  brother survived being a prisoner three times.

He was born February 26, 1842. He enlisted in Wake County when he was 19 years old with Thomas on May 28, 1861. He was mustered in as a private and was wounded at Seven Pines, Virginia on May 31, 1862, just 2 days after his brother Thomas. He was captured at South Mountain, Maryland on September 15, 1862 just as the battle of Sharpsburg was beginning. He was taken to Fort Delaware, Delaware, until he was paroled and transferred to Aiken’s Landing on the James River in Virginia on October 2, 1862 for exchange. He was declared exchanged on November 10, 1862.

Rufus Barbee in later Life (courtesy of descendant William O'Quinn)

Rufus Barbee in later Life (courtesy of descendant William O’Quinn)

Rufus was promoted to Corporal on December 1, 1862, and was promoted to Sergeant on January 1, 1863. He was captured at Strasburg, Virginia on September 22-23, 1864. He was taken to Point Lookout, Maryland where he was confined until paroled and transferred to Boulware’s Wharf on the James River on March 17, 1865 for exchange. He was in the hospital in Richmond where he was captured on April 3, 1865, and again transferred to Point Lookout on May 9,1865 and then paroled.

His Dec 2, 1925 Death Certificate shows he lived to be 82. He was Married To Adna Hudson. He was by occupation a Farmer. He lived in Morrisville in White Oak township his death.

He is buried on Davis Drive in the “Barbee Burying ground” about 1 mile from the Page house in Morrisville, where he marched of to war on a sunny spring day in 1861.


Henry B. Barbee Company I, Sixth North Carolina State Troops

Henry was the last brother belonging to  Company I. He enlisted in Chatham county, at age 22, on March 1, 1862 as a substitute for his father, William, who was in poor health.

He was admitted to General Hospital #12 in April 1862. Known as Banner Hospital, it was formerly the tobacco factory of William H. Grant. It had a Capacity over 250.It was located on the northeast corner of 19th and Franklin Streets in Richmond, Va.

We know only that, like so many others, he died of measles in Richmond on April
18, 1862. His final resting place in Richmond is in Oakwood Plot Section A, Row G, No. 2.  A large part of the interment in Oakwood consisted of three men to a plot.  The markers are impersonal small square stones about 6″ – 8″ square, and stand about 6″- 8″ high with the numbers on three sides of the stone.  No Photograph of him is known at this time.


3rd Lt. Mordecai B. Barbee, Co. I., was a cousin of these brothers. He enlisted in
Wake County and was appointed to the rank of 3rd Lieutenant of Company I on May 16, 1861. However, he resigned on October 4, 1862 “under charges of bad conduct at Seven Pines and Gaines Farm.”  His resignation was accepted on October 23, 1862.


 

Father William A. Barbee (1816-1907)

Like his sons, the elder Barbee enlisted on July 5, 1864 at age 47 in Company E, 6th Regiment North Carolina Senior Reserves. He was elected Lieutenant of the Company July 26, 1864. He served at Salisbury Union Prisoner of War Camp, Salisbury, NC. March 12,1865 hunting deserters in the mountains 20 miles west of the Yadkin River. He survived the war and is buried at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Chatham County, North Carolina near his sons.


Source Notes:

1) Barbee in the 1860 United States Federal Census; Census Place: Eastern Division, Chatham, North Carolina; Roll: M653_892; Page: 2; Image: 48; Family History Library Film: 803892, Reviewed by Researcher Frederick Walton on 2/3/2016 on Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

2) Jordon, “North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865

3) “Thomas C. Barbe” in the North Carolina, Marriage Index 1741-2004, Reviewed by Researcher Frederick Walton on 2/4/2016, Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Marriage Index, 1741-2004 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.

4) Rufus Barbee, Wake, 1925, December, North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975, Ancestry.com,Reviewed by Researcher Frederick Walton on 2/4/2016 on Ancestry.com.

5) oral family history and Photographsj provided by descendant William O’Quinn.

Additional information or photos would be welcomed to complete the 
record of this honorable soldier. 
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