Swinton W. Barber
Cornelius "Neal" Strahan, Jr.
John Bradley Larkin
1st Lt. William Magee
Born about 1834 to William M. Barber and Civil Deas. Private Barber married Mary Jane Anne Letchworth, daughter of Stokley Letchworth and Nancy Morris, on March 20, 1854, in Franklinton, La., where his occupation was that of a farmer.
After the outbreak of the War Between the States, Swinton W. Barber joined Captain Hardy Richardson's Washington Rifles. Mustered into Confederate service on July 7, 1861, the company became Company I, Washington Rifles, 9th La. Inf. Regiment.
Private Barber was present on every muster roll and engagement of the 9th La. until his capture on November 7, 1863 at Rappahannock Station. Transferred to Camp Point Lookout, Maryland as a POW, where he remained until exchanged in March, 1864.
In May, 1864 Swinton Barber was furloughed home to convalesce from the effects of being a POW. Unable to return to the 9th La. Inf. in Virginia, he joined Company A, 3rd Louisiana Cavalry and served the remainder of the war with this unit.
After the war, Swinton Barber and his wife Mary, moved to Pike County, Mississippi and raised their family of 5 boys and 2 girls. He died on December 5, 1883 near Magnolia, Pike Co., Ms. and was buried in the James Little Cemetery near East Fork, Ms.
(Courtsey of Joseph D. Barber, Tallassee, Alabama)
Neal Strahan was born on June 2, 1838 in Marion County, Mississippi to Cornelius "Neal" Strahan, Sr. and his wife, Nancy. He married Permelia Melinda Crowe, daughter of John L. Crowe and Eliza Lanier. Neal was a farmer by occupation.
After the outbreak of the War Between the States, Neal joined Captain Hardy Richardson's Washington Rifles and mustered into Confederate service July 7, 1861 as Company I, Washington Rifles, 9th Louisiana Infantry Regiment.
Private Strahan took sick shortly after arriving in Virginia and was in hospital in Richmond, Va. until February, 1862 when he rejoined his company.
He was present on all rollcalls and wounded 3 times in combat. After being wounded the third time at the Battle of the Wilderness in May, 1864, he was transferred home to Washington Parish, La. to recover.
Unable to return to his company in Virginia, he joined the 3rd Louisiana Cavalry Regiment and served the remainder of the war with them.
Neal Strahan spent the remaining 60 years of his life raising a large family and serving his community. One of his proudest accomplishments was his role in organizing Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Neal died on November 11, 1924 and was buried in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
(Courtesy of Joseph D. Barber, Tallassee, Alabama)
John Bradley Larkin was born on September 28, 1837 in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. He lived in the area of Rodky Mount, Bossier Parish, Louisiana and occupation was that of a farmer. He had not married at the time of the outbreak of the War Between the States.
After the outbreak of the war, John joined the 9th Louisiana Infantry Regiment, enlisting in Company D, Bkossier Volunteers and was sworn into Confederate service at Camp Moore, La. on July 7, 1861. He was 24 years of age at the time of his enlistment as a private.
Private Larkin was involved in most of the engagements of the 9th La. Inf. and was captured at the Battle of Rappahannock River, November 7, 1863. He was sent to Union POW camp at Point Lookout, Maryland and remained there until he was exchanged on March 10, 1864.
After the surrender of his Regiment in 1865, Private Larkin requested and was granted transportation, from the Union Provost Marshall, to Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Instead of returning to Louisiana, John remained in Fredericksburg and married Sophronia Williams of Fredericksburg, Va. He became a member of the Police Department of Fredericksburg and raised his family.
John and Sophronia were married for 53 years and raised 5 children. Private John Brandley Larkin died January 17, 1919 in kkFredericksburg, Va. at the age of 81.
(Courtesy of Winnie Boothe, Potomac, Maryland)
William Magee enlisted in the Washington Rifles Volunteers in May, 1861 as a Third Corporal of the unit and was responsible for the 105 men in the first encampment at Half Moon Bluff in the Bogue Chitto.
In the second week of June, 1861, the Washington Rifles marched to Camp Moore, La. and on June 14, 1861 were mustgered into State service. On July 7, 1861, the unit was transferred and mustered into Confederate service and placed in the 9th Louisiana Infantry Regiment and designated Company I.
William Magee was Third Sergeant and on August 17, 1862, promoted to Lieutenant. Lt. Magee was wounded at Chantilly, Sept. 11, 1862 and again at Mary's Heights at Fredericksburg in May, 1863. Lt. Magee resigned his commission October 18, 1863 due to the wounds that he had received.
William Magee returned to Louisiana and served the Confederate cause in a civilian capacity through the remainder of the war.
After the War of Northern Agression, Lt. Magee married Vanda Collins and raised a family in the land that he so proudly defended.
(Courtesy of Charles O. Webb, II, GGGrandson, Shreveport, La.)