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Rufus Clay Barringer papers

 Collection — Box: SFC2 [F09.090.02.02], Folder: 223
Identifier: MS0223

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of photocopied items relating to Confederate general Rufus Clay Barringer. Includes a typescript copy of Barringer's diary while he was imprisoned at Fort Delaware following his capture in 1865, as well as an account of his capture and his subsequent meeting with President Lincoln prior to being sent to Fort Delaware. Along with the transcript copy of Barringer's diary while a prisoner at Fort Delaware (1865), there is also a newspaper clipping (1888) about the first annual picnic of the Mecklenburg Camp, Confederate Survivors, held on August 4, 1888 and at which Barringer addressed the crowd; excerpts [pp. 62-73] from Septima M. Collis, A Woman's War Record, 1861-1865 (1889) recounting Barringer's meeting with President Lincoln in April, 1865; newspaper clipping (191?) from the Charlotte Daily Observer, "The Capture of Gen. Rufus Barringer"; a newspaper clipping (1929) from The Charlotte Observer, "Only Two Living Members of 'Cabarrus Rangers': This North Carolina Unit Fought Throughout the War and Was Never Singly Defeated," which discusses Barringer's role in the war; an article (1993) from Civil War Times Illustrated, "Fort Delaware On the Water: A Monument to Rugged Rebels"; an account (n.d.) of the calvary fight at Bucklands, Va., on October 19, 1863, in which Barringer participated; Barringer's account (unknown Virginia newspaper, n.d.) of the "Raiders' Fight" at Staunton River, Va., June 24-25, 1864; and a color photostatic copy of a portrait of Barringer in uniform.


  • 1863 - 1995
  • 1863 - 1993


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Rufus Clay Barringer was born in Cabarrus County, N.C., on December 2, 1821 to Elizabeth Brandon and Paul Barringer. Following his graduation from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1842, he studied law with his brother, Daniel Moreau Barringer. After completing the bar requirements, Barringer settled in Concord, N.C., and represented Cabarrus County in the state legislature from 1848 to 1851. As a legislator, he played a key role in establishing North Carolina's rail system. Although a Whig who was devoted to the Union and the Constitution, Barringer joined the Confederate Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. As an officer, he rose from captain in 1861 to brigadier general in 1864, when he took command of North Carolina's cavalry brigade. A veteran of seventy six actions that resulted in three wounds, Barringer was captured by federal troops on April 3, 1865. While imprisoned, he met Abraham Lincoln -- the President's first encounter with a Confederate general. After the war, Barringer moved to Charlotte and maintained law offices there and in Concord until his retirement in 1884. Politically, he advocated the state's acceptance of the Reconstruction Acts of 1867, served in the 1875 North Carolina Constitutional Convention, and unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor in 1880. During his retirement, Barringer detailed a series of sketches describing his military experiences and completed a history of the Ninth Regiment [see Walter Clark, ed., Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina, in the Great War 1861-'65, vol. 1 (Raleigh: State of North Carolina, 1901): 417-443]. In 1854, he married Eugenia Morrison (d. 1858) and they had two children, Paul Brandon (1857-1941) and Anna Morrison (died in childhood). Eugenia's sister, Mary Anna, was married to Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, and her father, the Reverend Robert Hall Morrison, served as the first president of Davidson College. Barringer married Rosalie Chunn (d. 1864) of Asheville, N.C., in 1861 and they had one son, Rufus C. Jr. He again remarried in 1870, taking Margaret Long of Orange County, N.C., as his third wife and they had one son, Osmond L. (1878-1961). Barringer died on February 3, 1895. [For more information, see: J. B. Alexander, The History of Mecklenburg County from 1740 to 1900 (Charlotte: Observer Printing House, 1902): 197-208; Samuel A. Ashe, Biographical History of North Carolina (Greensboro, N.C.: Charles L. Van Noppen, 1905): 116-24; Paul B. Barringer, The Natural Bent (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1949); Clement A. Evans, ed., Confederate Military History, vol. 4 (Atlanta: Confederate Publishing Company, 1899): 294-98; William S. Powell, ed., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, vol. 1 (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1979): 102; and Allen W. Trelease, The North Carolina Railroad, 1849-1871, and the Modernization of North Carolina (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1991).]


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Items relating to Confederate General and Charlottean Rufus Clay Barringer. Photocopies of newspaper and periodical articles and a copy of Barringer's diary while imprisoned at Fort Delaware in 1865.


The Rufus Clay Barringer Collection is organized into a single, chronologically arranged series. [NOTE: obituary for Mary Anna Morrison Jackson transferred to Mary Anna Morrison Jackson Papers. Osmond L. Barringer, Sr. served as a pallbearer at Jackson's funeral in 1915.]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Rufus Barringer, 1995.

Related Materials

Mary Anna Morrison Jackson Papers (Mss 174). Fannie (Bennett) Gaddy Papers, Duke University. Rufus Clay Barringer Papers, UNC-Chapel Hill, SHC #1028

Processing Information

Processed by Randy Penninger, 1995.
Rufus Clay Barringer collection
Randy Penninger
October 1995
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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