William Farquhar Barry was born in New York City on August 18, 1818. He graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1838, whereupon, he served on the Canadian border and in Mexico. Barry was promoted to captain, 2nd Artillery, in 1852. He would act as chief of artillery to Irvin McDowell at the First Battle of Manassas and then to George B. McClellan in the Army of the Potomac. On August 20, 1861 Barry was appointed brigadier general of volunteers and took part in the Peninsular campaign. He was then transferred to Washington as chief of artillery for the city's defense system. In 1864 Barry was assigned as chief of artillery on the staff of W.T. Sherman and commanded the Military Division of the Mississippi. Barry participated in all of the actions of the Atlanta campaign, the North Georgia campaign, and the campaign of the Carolinas which terminated in the surrender of Joseph E. Johnston. Barry was promoted to colonel, 2nd Artillery, on December 11, 1865. Barry died at Ft. McHenry, in Baltimore, on July 18, 1879.
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