Id’d Civil War Man’s Shirt – Pvt. Nathan W. Barker 11th Kansas Cavalry


Id’d Civil War Man’s Shirt – Pvt. Nathan W. Barker 11th Kansas Cavalry – This is a typical c. 1850 – 1860 man’s, linen shirt, still retaining its original detachable collar. Given that these shirts have become nearly impossible to find now, this shirt has an additional, extremely rare distinction of being identified. Clearly written, in period ink on one of the tails of the shirt, is the name “Nathan W. Barker”. Barker, from Garnett, Kansas, enlisted in August of 1862, as a private, then mustered into Company F of the 11th Kansas Cavalry, in September of the same year. He served in the 11th Kansas until his untimely death, in November of 1863, of disease.

This shirt is in excellent, nearly wearable condition; it is clean and without any holes. It exhibits, as most shirts from this era, a combination of treadle machine and hand stitching, as well as all hand-whipped button holes. It retains, as well, its original milk glass buttons on the cuffs and mother-of-pearl buttons on the placket front and collar.

Nathan W. Barker

Residence Garnett KS;

Enlisted on 8/23/1862 as a Private.


On 9/11/1862 he mustered into “F” Co. KS 11th Cavalry

He died of disease on 11/13/1863 at Kansas City, MO


11th KS Cavalry

( 3-years )

Organized: Camp Lyon, Fort Leavenworth, KS on 8/1/62

Mustered Out: 9/26/65


Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 0

Officers Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 2

Enlisted Men Killed or Mortally Wounded: 61

Enlisted Men Died of Disease, Accidents, etc.: 110

(Source: Fox, Regimental Losses)








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