George D. Barclay 1st West Virginia Light Artillery and 5th West Virginia Cavalry



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George would be one of the few men who could claim that they had served in all 3 military branches during the war. He would initially enlist in Company G of the 2nd West Virginia Infantry beginning in May, 1861. Company G was actually recruited in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Denied by it’s home state of Pennsylvania, it moved to Wheeling, West Virginia and was designated as part of the 2nd West Virginia Infantry. George would act mainly as a scout while serving with the regiment. Two years later Company G of the 2nd West Virginia Infantry would become Battery G of the 1st West Virginia Light Artillery in May, 1863. Now for whatever reason, George is listed as being under arrest for May and June. The reason for his arrest is not listed but I would guess it was due to a mix up during the transfer from one regiment to another. In January, 1864 their designation would change once again when they were converted to the 5th West Virginia Cavalry. They would serve in that capacity for the following year. In December they would however be consolidated and absorbed into the 6th West Virginia Cavalry. A rather confusing military history for George to say the least. This view shows George seated and dressed in a uniform representing all of the branches in which he served. A period ink signature runs across the front bottom. Nice id’d view from a hard to find state.

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