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Albert W. Barber papers

Identifier: c-00282

Scope and Contents

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


  • Creation: 1862 - 1863

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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.

Records shared from the National Archives indicate he was captured September 24, 1864 at the Battle of Athens and died of disease on September 30, 1864 at Cherokee Station, Alabama enroute to the Cahaba Prison.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 folder)

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Custodial History

Donor unknown, date unknown.

Related Archival Materials

See also collection c.00434, Lickly Family Papers.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Albert W. Barber Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
October 1965
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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