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Army officer , lawyer

Francis Channing Barlow, American army officer, lawyer.


Barlow, Francis Channing was born on October 19, 1834 in Brooklyn. Son of Review David Hatch and Almira (Penniman) Barlow.


Graduated from Harvard, 1855. Studied law under William Curtis Noyes, New York City.


Raised in Brookline, Massachusetts. Moved to New York City, circa 1856. Admitted to New York bar, 1858.

Law partner George Bliss, Junior, 1859-1861, 66. Enlisted 12th New York Infantry, 1861. Appointed First lieutenant United States Army, 1861, mustered out, 1861.

Reentered United States Army as lieutenant colonel 61st New York Infantry, 1861, promoted colonel. Served in Peninsular Campaign. Commanded 2d Brigade, 2d Division under General Howard at Battle of Antietam, wounded.

Brigadier general United States Volunteers, 1862. Commanded brigade in Chancellorsville Champaign. Wounded at Battle of Gettysburg, 1863.

In command of 1st Division under Hancock, 1864, served in Wilderness Campaign. Led attack at Spottsylvania, 1864. Took leave of absence and toured Europe for health reasons, returned 1865.

Brevetted major general for highly meritorious conduct at Spotsylvania. Promoted major general, 1865. In service against Lee near end of war.

Entered politics after Civil war. Secretary of state New York State, 1865-1867, 69-70. United States marshal for Southern District New York State, 1869.

Appointed by President Grant to stop movement for independence in Cuba, 1869. Attorney general New York State, 1871-1873, began prosecution of Tweed Ring, 1871. Founder New York Bar Association.

Had private law practice, 1874-1876. A commissioner to investigate Hayes-Tilden election in Florida, 1876.


Married Arabella Wharton Griffith, April.; married second, Ellen Shaw, 1867.

Review David Hatch Barlow

Almira (Penniman) Barlow

Arabella Wharton Griffith

Ellen Shaw