Captain Walter G. Barnes was born in Huntington county, Pa, Dec. 12, 1843. He enlisted in the army Nov.7th, 1861 in Co. K, of the 46th Regiment, at the age of seventeen and was a Corporal under Capt. William Stewart. He was sick in the hospital at Louisville, Ky., and was discharged on account of ill health, May 31st, 1862. On the 29th of August, 1864, he was appointed 1st Sergeant Co. I, 150th Inft. He was in several battles, notably Shiloh and Lookout Mountain. After Sherman’s march to the sea he was Provost Marshal of the City of Atlanta for four months, with four companies of soldiers under him. On the 20th of Dec., 1865, at Griffin, Ga., a petition was sent Brig. Gen’l I.N. Haynie, at Springfield, Ill., signed by all the line officers of his regiment, requesting the he be made Major of the regiment, and had the war lasted one week longer he would have been commissioned Major at the age of 21 years. After being mustered out of the service he returned to Freeport, Ill., and went into the Farm Implement business early in 1866, in which he was still engaged when he dropped dead at his warehouse on the morning of September, 27th 1895. He was married to Mrs. Minnie G. Dwight nee Guiteau on May 2nd, 1871. One son, Albert Barnes of Chicago, and his widow survive him.
Source: A Complete History Of the 46th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry 1900
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