Albert W. Barber Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Barber, Albert W.
Albert W. Barber papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Albert Barber (son of Homan Barber and Harriet Mason) was born in 1844 in Wright, Michigan. Barber enlisted in Company F, 18th Infantry Regiment Michigan on 26 Aug 1862. He was the brother of William Lickly's wife; William's brother James Lickly also served in the 18th Michigan.

He died of disease on 24 Sep 1864 at Cahaba, Alabama.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains Civil War letters from Albert W. Barber to his family while serving with Company F, 18th Michigan Infantry, in Kentucky and Tennessee. In the letters, primarily written to his mother, he talks about camp life, his friends, officers of the regiment, and particularly about the weather.

In addition, Albert talks about town life, particularly in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee, and about the prices of perishable goods.

The letters also express his hostility toward African-Americans, and especially toward the idea of African-Americans serving in the Union army.

These letters have been transcribed, scanned and put online at

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections October 1965

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  August 2016

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Donor unknown, date unknown.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See also collection c.00434, Lickly Family Papers.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th century.
  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 18th (1862-1865).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Lexington (Ky.)
  • Louisville (Ky.)
  • Nashville (Tenn.)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Personal Name(s)

  • Unknown

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Collection Inventory


Letters September 1862 - October 1863