A Genealogy of the Barnum, Barnam and Barnham Family

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Notes for James Knapp BARNUM

James K. Barnum is said to have fought in the Confederate Army, under General Robert E. Lee. The available information shows him born four years before his parents were married; perhaps his father had been married previous to the marriage documented here.

Lumpkin Cemetery, Lumpkin, Georgia. North Side (Methodist) - Dr. James K. Barnum, Aug. 21, 1838; Oct. 16, 1884. Confed. Veteran.

There is an interesting article titled "Why the Rebels Wore Ragged Clothes", which was published in theConfederate Veteran, as follows: "The legislators of Indiana and Governor Morton, with their wives and daughters, went on a visit of inspection to the prisoners in Camp Morton in 1864. The Confederates were called out for dress parade and were made to look as well as possible. This distinguished body rode in fine carriages. One lady had her carriage stopped about ten feet from the line. Opening the side door of the carriage and pushing her head out, she asked, 'Why do you Rebel soldiers dress so poorly?' Crockett Hudson of Eagleville, Tennessee, replied, 'Gentlemen of the South have two suits one that they wear among nice people and one that they wear when killing hogs, and that is the one in which we are dressed to-day.' She ordered the carriage to move on."


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