Capt. Almont Barnes, 1st New York Light Artillery, Battery C, Civil War

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This book is both a biography of Almont Barnes and a history of First New York Light Artillery, Battery C, in the Civil War. It is also a great STORY because the “world” knows very little about him; even Arlington National Cemetery, where Almont Barnes is buried, is looking for information about him. Almont Barnes was my great grandfather, my mother’s mother’s father. My mother never told me much about him, probably because she didn’t know much. She told me that he had been a newspaper editor in upstate New York and a Captain in the Civil War, and that there was a monument honoring him and his men at Gettysburg. She said that that sometime after the Civil War he left his family and ran off with a Spanish dancer! End of story. As it turns out, he did much more than that! After the War, Almont Barnes worked as an Enrolling Clerk in the U. S. House of Representatives, earned a law degree, took part in Wheeler Expeditions out west in territories east of the Rocky Mountains, and worked as Chief of Statistics in the U. S. Department of State, joined the Diplomatic Service and served as U. S. Commercial Agent at La Guyra, Venezuela, South America, and U. S. Consul in Curaçao, West Indies, and then spent most of the rest of his long life working in the U. S. Department of Agriculture. He was still working there on his 80th birthday, April 14, 1915. He had divorced his first wife, Frances Ellen Palmer, my great-grandmother in 1878 and married Alice C. Townsend, with whom he had at least one more child -– a daughter, Edith Alice. Unfortunately, I did not find out as much as I wanted about Alice or Edith Alice. Perhaps readers of this book will provide more information. Alice Townsend was living with her husband when he died in Washington in 1918. Their daughter Edith Alice also was living at that time but it appears that she died in 1918 also. Capt. Barnes and his wife Alice are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Peter V. Andrews is a retired computer programmer who lives on a farm near Louisburg, North Carolina, with his wife Carolyn. The Andrews have three sons, Robert, David, and Mark, and six grandchildren: Kate Lynne, Emory, Chelsea, Stella, Julian, and Silas. Peter Andrews is the great grandson of Almont Barnes and Frances Ellen Palmer Barnes. Mr. Andrews was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and grew up mostly on Edisto Island, about 45 miles south of Charleston. He attended Charleston County public schools and graduated from The University of South Carolina in 1958. Carolyn Andrews is also from South Carolina. She was born in Camden and moved to Cayce, South Carolina, when she was in the 9th grade. Before moving to Louisburg in 2002, the Andrews lived for 30 years in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Mr. Andrews worked for IBM.

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