Swinton W. Barber
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, 2854, in Franklinton, La., where his occupation was that of a
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 becaame Company I, Washington Rifles, 9th
La. Inf. Regiment.
Private Barber was present on every muster roll and engagement of the 9th La.
until his caapture on November 7, 1863 at Rappahannock Station. Transferred to
Camp Point Lookout, Maryland as a POW, where he remained until exchanged in
In May, 1864 Swinton Barber was furloughed home to convalesce from the
effects of being a POW. Unable to return to the 9th La. Infantry 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., Miss. and was
buried in the James Little Cemetery near East Fork, Miss. (Courtsey of Joseph D. Barber, Tallassee,
Cornelius "Neal" Strahan, Jr.
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 Catpain Hardy Richardson's
Washington Rifles. 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.
In late 1865, Neal married Permelia Melinda Crowe in Washington Parish, La. He spent the remaining nearly 60
years of his life raising a large family and werving 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
John Bradley Larkin was born on September 28, 1837 in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. He
lived in the area of Rocky Mount, Bossier Parish, Louisiana and occupation was that
of a farmer. He had not married up to the outbreak of the War Between the States.
After the outbreak of the war, John joined the 9th Louisiana Infantry Volunteer
Regiment, enlisting in Company D, Bossier Volunteers and 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 Louisiana Infantry
and was captured at the Battle of Rappahannock River, November 7, 1863. He was
sent to Union Prisoner of War Camp at Pt. 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 Bradley
Larkin died January 17, 1919 in Fredericksburg, Va. at the age of 81.
(Courtesy of Winnie Boothe, Potomac, Maryland)
1st Lt. William Magee
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 and on June 14, 1861 were mustered 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
Leiutenant. 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.
Unknown Soldier of Company G, 9th La. Infantry Regiment. Photo taken after end of war.
Possibly an Officer. No name on photo, just that photo made in Temple, Texas. Anyone
knowing identity of this Soldier, please advise.
From the Collection of Steve Muckala, Newalla, Oklahoma