Letter. Rufus A. Barrier, Bivouac 2 miles from Newbern, North Carolina, to Mathias Barrier, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina
Barrier writes that his company are all well, despite a recent engagement (at Batchelder's Creek, 1 Febuary 1864). Col. Henry M. Shaw, who had commanded the 8th North Carolina since May 1861, died of a gunshot to the head. Another man was also killed. (One of the consequences of Shaw's death, not specifically mentioned in this or subsequent letters, was the promotion of Barrier to major, attached to regimental staff. Lt. Col. J. M. Whitson assumed command).