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James Albert Barber

Date of birth: July 11, 1841
Date of death: June 26, 1925
Burial location: Westerly, Rhode Island
Place of Birth: Rhode Island, Westerly
Home of record: Westerly Rhode Island


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal James Albert Barber, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 2 April 1865, while serving with 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, in action at Petersburg, Virginia. Corporal Barber was one of a detachment of 20 picked artillerymen who voluntarily accompanied an infantry assaulting party, and who turned upon the enemy the guns captured in the assault.

General Orders: Date of Issue: June 20, 1866

Action Date: April 2, 1865

Service: Army

Rank: Corporal

Division: 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery