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date: 16 October 2019

Barry, William Farquharlocked

(18 August 1818–18 July 1879)
  • Edward G. Longacre

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Barry, William Farquhar (18 August 1818–18 July 1879), soldier, was born in New York City, the son of Caroline M. (maiden name unknown). The full name of his father, who died when Barry was a youth, is unknown. Tutored by his mother, who gave him an “unusual knowledge” of the classics, Barry also attended high school in New York before entering the U.S. Military Academy in 1834. Four years later he graduated in the upper third of his class. He was posted to the Second U.S. Artillery, and his initial service was on the Canadian border during that country’s “Patriot War” (1837–1838). In 1840, while stationed at Buffalo, New York, he married Kate McKnight....

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