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Job D. Barnard, 1861


The Civil War portraits owned by the Library of Congress in its Liljenquist Family Collection contain only one identified Western North Carolina soldier—Lt. Job Dillingham Barnard of the 25th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (pictured here in a typical send-off studio photo).  Among the 700-plus ambrotypes (images on glass negatives) and tintypes donated by Virginia collectors Tom Liljenquist and his sons, Jason, Brandon and Christian, in 2010, Union soldiers outnumber Confederates six to one.  Confederate soldiers had fewer opportunities to sit for portraits, and photographic supplies were limited in the South, the Library of Congress website surmises.  At age 26, Job enlisted in the Black Mountain Guards at Democrat on July 23, 1861, and was elected 1st Lieutenant.  He was part of an invasion-fearing wave that had led to an almost unanimous enlistment of Western North Carolinians in the Confederate Army following Lincoln’s call for troops.  Job’s maternal grandfather, Absalom Dillingham, had been a first settler of the Big Ivy area.   Barnard survived the war, having participated in the deadly 1862 battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg, and the 1864 Battle of the Crater at Petersburg.  Apparently, he married Flora Putnam, whom lists as his wife, when he returned, for she was 13 years his junior.


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