World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Alfred Madison Barbour

Article Id: WHEBN0022295719
Reproduction Date:

Title: Alfred Madison Barbour  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Barbour family
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Alfred Madison Barbour

Alfred Madison Barbour
Born Alfred Madison Barbour
(1829-04-17)April 17, 1829
Culpeper County, Virginia
Died April 4, 1866(1866-04-04) (aged 36)
Montgomery, Alabama
Resting place Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper, Virginia
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Citizenship United States of America
Confederate States of America
Alma mater University of Virginia
Harvard University
Occupation lawyer, statesman, military serviceman
Political party Democratic Party
Religion Presbyterian
Spouse(s) Kate Daniels
Parents John S. Barbour
Ella A. Byrne
Relatives brother of John S. Barbour, Jr.
first cousin once removed of James Barbour and Philip Pendleton Barbour

Alfred Madison Barbour (April 17, 1829 – April 4, 1866)[1][2][3] was a prominent American lawyer, delegate to the 1861 Virginia secession convention, and a major in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.[1][2][3] Barbour is best known for his role as Superintendent of the Harpers Ferry Armory in Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) during John Brown's raid.[2]

Early life

Barbour was born on April 17, 1829 in Culpeper County, Virginia.[1][2][3] He was the son of John S. Barbour, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia's 15th congressional district, and his wife Ella A. Byrne.[1][2][3]

Barbour attended the University of Virginia and Harvard University's Harvard Law School.[3]

Government service

Following his completion of law school, Barbour served as a pre-war legislator in Virginia.[3] In January 1859, he was appointed as the Superintendent at the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia).[4] He served there until 1861 and the beginning of the American Civil War.[5] In October 1859, abolitionist John Brown raided the arsenal in order to steal weapons in an attempt to start an armed rebellion by slaves.[5] The raid was successful in capturing the arsenal, but ultimately failed.[5] Along with his brother James Barbour, Barbour was a delegate to the 1861 Virginia secession convention.[1]

American Civil War

During the American Civil War, Barbour served in the Confederate States Army as a quartermaster.[3] Barbour served as an aid to both Joseph E. Johnston and Leonidas Polk.[3] As quartermaster, Barbour served in Montgomery, Alabama and Meridian, Mississippi.[3] Jubal Anderson Early disliked Barbour, who termed him "not energetic or efficient."[3]

Death

Alfred Madison Barbour died on April 4, 1866 in Montgomery, Alabama and was interred at Fairview Cemetery in Culpeper in Culpeper County, Virginia.[1][2][3]

References

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.