Barber, Samuel Stillman
Age: 23, credited to Winhall, VT
Service: unknown CSA unit, dsrtd, came north; Drafted, hired substitute (see obituary)
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Birth: 03/14/1838, Winhall, VT
Burial: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Fitchburg, MA
Marker/Plot: Lot 23: Maple Avenue/Jasmine Path
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 106366879
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not applicable
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
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Laurel Hill Cemetery, Fitchburg, MA
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Machinist, Who Died Here,
Served with Confederate
Forces; Paid Bounty in North.
Leominster, Jan. 9 -- Samuel S. Barber, formerly a well known machinist in Fitchburg and a soldier in the Confederate army in the Civil war, in which he was conscripted while residing in the South, and who later deserted and returned North where he took the oath of allegiance to the United States, died Tuesday evening at his boarding place on Coburn court, Leominster, aged 80 years, 9 months and 24 days.
Mr. Barber was a native of Windsor (sic), Vt. He spent the early part of his life in Warwick and Orange, going South just before the outbreak of the Civil war. He was caught in the Confederate conscription activities and although his sympathies were with the Union state, he was obliged to serve several months in the Confederate army before an opportunity offered itself to desert and work his way to the Union lines. He immediately took the oath of allegiance to the United States and was allowed to come North. He was later drafted in the Union army at Greenfield, in 1863, but on account of poor health, was allowed to send a substitute upon the payment of $300, in accordance with the draft laws of the Civil war period. Mr. Barber went to Fitchburg in the early 70's and was employed for several years in the Putnam Machine Works and was well remembered by many of the older and former employes (sic) of those shops. He later went West, where he lived for many years. He returned to this vicinity about eight years ago and resided most of the time in Leominster. His wife and one daughter died during his residence in the West and there are no surviving relatives.
The funeral will be held in this city tomorrow afternoon, from the Sawyer chapel on Oliver street at 1.30 o'clock. Former friends are invited to attend the service. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Fitchburg.Fitchburg (MA) Sentinel, 9 Jan 1919, page 12.
Courtesy of Diane Ouellette.