Butler Center for Arkansas Studies 100 Rock Street Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201 (501) 320-5700
April 16, 2013
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Barton, Ira McLean, 1840-1876
Ira McL. Barton collection
4.42 Linear feet
This collection contains documents and correspondence related to the service of Lieutenant Ira McL. Barton as quartermaster with the Fourth Military District stationed at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, following the Civil War, as well as additional miscellaneous military documents.
This collection is arranged alphabetically and chronologically. Materials added after initial processing are arranged similarly at the end of the collection.
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of military documents and correspondence, principally from the year 1867. Except where otherwise indicated, the material is related to the service of Lieutenant Ira McL. Barton as quartermaster at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, following the Civil War.
Ira McLean Barton was born on March 11, 1840, in Newport, Sullivan County, New Hampshire to Levi Winter (1818-1899) and Mary Ann Pike Barton (died 1840). Following his mother's death, Barton was sent to live with his father's sister, Lucinda J. Kidder. He began teaching at the age of seventeen before attending Kimball Union Academy. He attended Dartmouth College, but left before graduation to study law with his father. He was admitted to the bar in 1863.
During the Civil War, Barton served successively as an officer with 1st New Hampshire Infantry, the 5th New Hampshire Infantry, and the 1st New Hampshire Heavy Artillery. As lieutenant colonel of the artillery battalion, he was stationed with the defenses of Washington D.C. He mustered out in June 1865, and approximately a year later, in May 1866, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 19th Infantry Regiment of the Regular Army.
In September 1866, Barton was transferred to the 28th Infantry Regiment and served under the chief quartermaster of the Fourth Military District. His unit, Company D, was stationed at Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The majority of the records contained in this collection pertain to his service as the quartermaster at Pine Bluff.
Barton resigned from the army in 1869 and was officially mustered out in October 1870, making his home in Pine Bluff. Barton was appointed district attorney of the Tenth District of Arkansas, and later became judge of criminal court in Jefferson County, Arkansas. He became part owner and chief editor of the
Jefferson Republican in Pine Bluff.
In 1861, Barton married Helen M. Wilcox (born 1837) of Newport, New Hampshire. Barton later married Addie Lydia Barton on July 13, 1868 at Ludlow, Windsor County, Vermont. In 1875, Barton returned to Newport, New Hampshire to practice law with his father until his death January 19, 1876.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Barton, Ira McLean, 1840-1876
New Hampshire Volunteer Heavy Artillery. 2nd Company.
Pine Bluff (Ark.)
Quartermasters -- United States.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Restrictions on Access
Restrictions on Use
Non-circulating, in-house use only.
Ira McL. Barton collection, MSS.09.06, Butler for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute