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Papers, 1917-1921, of the Barksdale family of Henrico County, Virginia, containing letters written by Irving Sydnor Barksdale (1897-1948) and letters and a diary written by George Edward Barksdale (1869-1959) during their service in the United States army during and just after World War I. These papers consist of letters, 1917-1919, of Private Irving Sydnor Barksdale to his family detailing his military experiences and asking for news from home; letters, 1917-1921, from Major George Edward Barksdale to his family describing his duties and providing family news; and a diary, 1917-1921, of Major George Edward Barksdale covering his military experiences from his call-up to the end of the World War and the interment of the Unknown Soldier
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  • George Edward Barksdale was born 13 August 1869 in Charlotte County, Virginia, to Anthony Sydnor Barksdale (1841-1923) and Virginia James Elliott Barksdale (1844-1874). He became a pharmacist in Richmond, Virginia, before graduating with a medical degree from the University College of Medicine in 1899. Barksdale taught botany and medicine at the college from 1893 to 1913. Barksdale was commissioned an officer in Army Medical Reserve Corps 21 April 1914 and was called up for actived duty 7 June 1917. Stationed at Fort Monroe and Fort Story, Virginia, Camp Taylor, Kentucky, and Fort Dix, New Jersey, he was honorably discharged from active service with the rank of major 30 November 1920. Barksdale was later promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Medical Reserve Corps. He returned to Richmond, where he continued his profession as a surgeon. Barksdale wrote a novel and poems, and also became an artist. In 1956, he donated a statue of Edgar Allan Poe to the state of Virginia. Barksdale married Mary Morton Lovelace (1870-1968) 3 January 1893 in Halifax County, Virginia, and they had 3 children, including Irving Sydnor Barksdale (1897-1948). George Edward Barksdale died 6 March 1959 in Henderson County, North Carolina, and was buried in Charlotte County, Virginia.
  • Irving Sydnor Barksdale was born 28 December 1897 in Henrico County, Virginia, to George Edward Barksdale (1869-1959) and Mary Morton Lovelace Barksdale (1870-1968). At 18, he enlisted in the Richmond Blues which was part of the 1st Virginia Cavalry of the National Guard on 27 June 1916. He saw service along the Mexican border in 1916-1917, then served with the unit in France, arriving there 4 April 1918. He was transferred to the Medical Department 26 September 1918. Barksdale was honorably discharged 18 July 1919 as a private, first class. He attended the Medical College of Virginia and Yale University from which he received his medical degree. Barksdale taught physiology and pharmacology at the Medical College of South Carolina from 1924 to 1925, then was appointed Health Commissioner for the city of Greenville, South Carolina, in 1925. Barksdale married Laurette Howe Moulton (b. 1900) of Boston, Massachusetts, 26 December 1924, and they had 3 children. Barksdale died in February 1948 in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Barksdale, George Edward
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