This man was a member of the State Legislature at this time, and the lette r
was written to Gen Steele; asking for Mr. BARNES' release from prison
because he was and had been a loyal citizen etc etc. and that he had been
marched about 150 miles with a chain around his neck by Gen Hindman's men.
The cards give the following information in addition to that already
given:(M399 , Roll #24)
BARNES, JAMES J. Ht 5' 5", eyes blue, hair lt, complx lt. Member of the
State Legislature from Searcy County, AR.
Discharged 29May1865 for disability as a result of injury to the left hip
in Kentucky when a tree limb fell on it.
He was mustered out of service 30Jun1865 at Lewisburg, AR.
On two of the cards is noted the following:
War Dept, Washington, D.C. 1879
"Tried by court martial on charge of beginning and exciting mutiny, found
guilty and sentenced to be reduced to the ranks to forfeit all pay due and
hereinafter to become due, to be confined at hard labor for one year in th e
military prison at Little Rock, Ark and at the expiration of imprisonment
to be dishonorably discharged the service of the US. per GO No 58 Dept of
Arkansas July 29, 1864.
The unexecuted portion of the sentence remitted. He was released from
confinement and restored to duty with his regiment by SO No 204 Dept of
Ark, August 27, 1864.
He was discharged May 29, 1865 on certificate of disability."
There is indeed a James J. Barnes in the "AR Damned Yankees." by Desmond
Barnes, James J. 3 Ark CAV, CO I Corp/Corp enl. 26 Jan 1864 Little
Rock, AR age 49 born Lincoln Co., TN