Barfield family collection

Barfield family collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Barfield, Richard Lee, 1836-1912
Title: Barfield family collection
Dates: Bulk, 1829-1864
Dates: 1822-1929
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet 2 half boxes, 1 oversize folder
Coll. Number: ms2878

Biographical/Historical Note

Although there are several families with the Barfield name in Georgia going back to Colonial times, the R. Lee Barfield in question is probably Richard Lee Barfield, born in Georgia in August 1836 to Richard Barfield and Epsy Bardin Barfield. R. Lee would have been approaching age 30 when called upon to serve in the Confederate army. He married Sarah Margaret Peacock in 1861 and between 1861 and 1867 they had three children, Sealina, Sallie, and John R. Barfield. Not much is known abour Richard Lee Barfield, but a Federal U.S. Census of 1870 shows R. L. Barfield and his family farming in Dooly County, Georgia. He died in November 1912.

For more see Families of Southeastern Georgia by Jack N. Averitt.

Scope and Content Note

The major portion of the Barfield Family Collection is three letterbooks filled with the letters of R. Lee Barfield and written while he was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. The letters were all written to his wife Maggie in Henderson, Georgia. Many of the letters are in poor condition, but a typescript is included of the legible letters. As he moved through North Carolina and Virginia, Barfield described such topics as a prison camp; the health of himself and others; the execution of a deserter; Negro troops; the supplies of food, horses, and arms; his company's skirmishes; and other war news. He continued to be optimistic that the war would soon be over.

Also in the collection are various legal documents, deeds, promissory notes, accounts, and receipts. Many of these are from the area of Bibb county, Georgia, and the name of Tillmon Barnett is often mentioned. The Southern Side, a book about Andersonville prison, is included.

From a later time period are a 1918 Macon News newspaper, a 1921 Athens Banner newspaper, and a 1929 letter to Mrs. M. B. Medlock of Macon.

Index Terms

Belle Isle (Prison).
Bibb County (Ga.)
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 62nd.
Henderson (Ga.)
Houston County (Ga.)
North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Petersburg (Va.)
Richmond (Va.)
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

General Notes

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Barfield family collection, ms2878, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letterbook - Lee Barfield, 1862-1864 View online.
(also illegible pages)
2Letterbook - Lee Barfield, 1863 View online.
3Letterbook - Lee Barfield, 1864 View online.
(also illegible pages)
4Typescript of Letterbooks, 1862-1863 View online.
5Typescript of Letterbooks, 1863-1864 View online.
21Deeds, 1834-1840
2Legal Documents, 1837-1840
3Accounts, 1829-1841
4Promissory Notes, 1835-1842
5Receipts, 1832-1842
6Correspondence, 1929 November 25
7Book - The Southern Side
OS Folder
1BDeed [oversize], 1822 June 15
Newspaper- Macon News [oversize], 1918 November 11
Newspaper- Athens Banner [oversize], 1921 January 30