The Carl and Laura Barrett Collection
The Carl and Laura Barrett Collection consists of the personal papers of Captain Joseph Allen Barrett (1837-1891) and the official records of “B” Company, 60th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers (1861-1865).
This gift was made shortly after the death of Mr. Carl Barrett by his wife, Laura, in August, 1979. Mr. Barrett was Joseph A. Barrett’s son by his second wife.
Approximate number of items: 310
Captain Joseph Allen Barrett (1837-1891)
Captain Joseph Allen Barrett’s birth date is not clear; the official records indicate 1839; some genealogical family records list 1837. Death date is January 26, 1891. His parents, Nathaniel and Nancy Barrett, came to Indiana in 1816 and settled in Robb Township, Posey County. He married Kisiah Stallings in 1857. He enlisted in the Civil War and was mustered into “B” Company, 60th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, and was commissioned captain at the deaths in action of his two predecessors. Following the war he resumed farming. He and his wife Kisiah had five children: Lewis, Emma, Morris, Walter and Bertha. His second wife was Marian Overton, and from this marriage were born Claude and Carl. Captain Barrett was elected Justice of the Peace and served eight years.
Wolfgang Hyne was captain of the Company in November, 1861, when Barrett was mustered in. At his death in 1862, Joseph B. Noble became captain. Noble was killed in action 11 January, 1863, and Barrett was commissioned captain the following July 1 and so remained until mustered out March 21, 1865. Colonel Richard Owen served as commanding officer of the Indiana Volunteers.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTES
The Carl and Laura Barrett Collection (1859-1895) mainly documents the Civil War years of Captain Joseph Allen Barrett and the official records of “B” Company, 60th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, although several folders of personal papers are concerned with Barrett’s life before and after the war.
The affairs of the Company are extensively recorded as to enlistments, illnesses and deaths, prisoner-of-war reports, supplies and equipment, ordinance reports, orders from headquarters; bound manuscript books of the personnel, accounts, “morning reports”, company orders; printed governmental booklets of instruction.
The collection includes correspondence and legal papers, governmental forms and lists filled out by the captain of “B” Company, printed orders and pamphlets, and bound manuscript records.
The papers are arranged according to subject matter, type and date.
Joseph Allen Barrett (1837, 1838, 1839 – 1891)
Correspondence and Papers, 1864-1891
Hunter letters, old soldier comrade affairs, pension correspondence
Receipts and Accounts, 1864-1890
Legal Papers, 1859-1881
Mainly warranty deeds, concerned with purchase and sale of real estate
Justice of the Peace business, 1875-1879
Kisiah Stallings and Marian Overton Barrett (wives)
Correspondence and papers
Affairs of “B” Company, 60th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers
Joseph Allen Barrett, 1862-1889
Official papers: Musters – in and out, promotions
The Enlisted Men (The Soldiers), 1864-1865
Enlistments, furloughs, discharges, illnesses and deaths, “final statements:, prisoner-of-war reports, individual communications
Muster Rolls, Returns of Captain, volunteer Descriptive List and Account of Pay and Clothing, Descriptive List of Deserters
Supplies and Equipment, 1862-1864
Clothing , camp and garrison equipage issued; some lost in retreats
Military supplies issued; some lost in battle
Orders from Headquarters, 1863-1865
War Dept., Washington, D.C. – General Orders, 25 June 1863 – 1 Dec. 1864
Headquarters, Defenses of New Orleans – General Orders, 14 Sept. 1864 –
26 January 1865
Headquarters, Provisional Divisions – General Orders, 27 Sept. 1864
Headquarters, Dept. of the Gulf – General Orders, 16 April 1864 – 17 Jan.
Headquarters, Military Division of Western Mississippi – General Orders,
14 Sept. 1864 – 22 Jan. 1865
Headquarters, Military Division of Western Mississippi – Circulars, 18
Nov. 1864 – 16 Dec. 1864
Headquarters, La Fourche District – General Orders, 5 July 1864 – 15
Headquarters, Assistant Provost Marshall General of Indiana – Special
Orders, 4 Apr. 1864 – 3 Dec. 1864 (manuscripts)
Instructions for making muster-rolls, mustering into service, periodical payments, and discharging form service of volunteers or militia. Washington, Government Printing Office, 1862.
Same as above. Revised. 1863.
Instructions for officers and non-commissioned officers on outposts and patrol duty, and troops in campaign. In two parts. Washington. Government Printing Office, 1863.
Index of general orders, adjutant general’s office, 1862. Washington. Government Printing Office, 1863.
Frisco Line – a few facts concerning the next opening of Indian lands. St. Louis, Woodward & Tiernan Printing Co., n.d. [just after 1900]
BOX II (Flat Box)
Company Book, 1861-1865
Contains lists of commissioned and non-commissioned officers, transfers,
honorable and dishonorable discharges, deaths, deserters; descriptive roll
(age, height, complexion, eyes, hair, where born, occupation, enlistment,
End sheet contains names of all three captains (Hyne, Noble, Barrett) of
Account Book, 1861-1865
Accounts of individual soldiers listing clothing and supplies issued to men of company.
Price lists on end sheets for 1863-1864.
Company Morning Reports, 1862-1864
Daily reports of Company “B” captains Hyne, Noble and Barrett on status
Of men (duty, health, presence or absence, etc.) and remarks for the month
Death of Captain Joseph B. Noble on Jan. 13, 1863 is recorded.
Company Orders, 27 Feb. 1862 – 28 Feb. 1865
Regimental and Special Orders issued by Col. Richard Owen, Company
Commander, by lesser officers: Lt. Col. A Goelzer, Major Samuel Walker,
And Captain Joseph A. Barrett.
Places named: Camp Morton at Indianapolis, Vicksburg, Thibodaux,
Louisiana, places in Texas, and Fort Gaines, Alabama
Carl Allen Barrett
Will and photo
Honors and memberships
Development of Santa Claus, Indiana, 1935
Selective Service work – Certificate of Appreciation, state and
Nation, World War II (1942-1945) – 3 items
Eugene Field Society Honorary Membership, 1942
International Mark Twain Society Honoray Membership, 1945
6 poems from “Moods of the Wanderere”
Oil – hunting scene
?oil – figure of a man sowing (?)
pen and ink – Japanese girl
(2) touched-up photographs –sand dunes (artist in question)