Victor Clay Barringer
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MAJOR VICTOR CLAY BARRINGER:Born 29 Mar 1827 Concord, Cabarrus County, NC. Died 27 May 1896 Washington, DC. He was a student at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1848. Major Barringer was an attorney and judge. He was instrumental in the formation of the Confederate 1st NC Cavalry Regiment and was for a time a Major on the Regimental Staff. Major Barringer was a professor at Davidson College, Davidson, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina from 1860 - 1865. He was also a North Carolina State Senator.
On April 18, 1865, the day after Easter, Victor Barringer offered his home to President Jefferson Davis of the Confederate States of American. President Davis spent the night in Victor Barringer's home which was located on North Union Street in Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina. President Davis was accompanied by his cabinet, Attorney General George Davis, Secretary of Treasury George Thenholm, Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin, and Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge in their escape further South to avoid capture. President Davis was being escorted by a company of Tennessee Cavalry. The Tennessee Cavalry unit camped on the lawn of Central Methodist Church which was located across the street from Major Barringer's home. A large welcome was given President Davis and his cabinet by the citizens of Concord. The following morning, President Davis left Concord by train for Charlotte. They had arrived in Concord by carriage after having spent the previous night in Salisbury, NC.
NOTE: See the transcribed letter on the Find A Grave memorial of Victor's wife, Maria Massey Barringer. Maria wrote to her sister concerning their house guest Pres. Jefferson Davis on April 18, 1865 in Concord, NC.
After the war, in 1868 he was appointed by the governor of North Carolina to a commission to adjust the code of civil procedure to the former laws of North Carolina. This was part of the legal process that was forced upon North Carolina by the U.S. as part of Reconstruction. Shortly afterwards he was appointed by President Grant one of three commissioners to compile the revised statutes of the United States. In 1874, Victor was named as the American judge of the court of appeals of the international tribunal of Egypt. This office he filled in Alexandria, Egypt for nearly twenty years, with marked distinction, and in 1894 he returned to the U.S.
Maj. Victor Clay Barringer was the older brother to Brig. Gen. Rufus Clay Barringer of the 1st NC Cavalry Regiment.
Gen. Rufus Clay Barringer was captured by Union soldiers on April 3, 1865 and imprisoned at City Point, Virginia. While Gen. Barringer was imprisoned at City Point, he met Abraham Lincoln - the President's first encounter with a Confederate General. Lincoln had never met a Confederate General and had requested to meet one. Abraham Lincoln went to City Point to meet Gen. Barringer. Lincoln is alleged to have greeted Gen. Barringer warmly, stating, "You knowI have never seen a real live rebel general in uniform". Abraham Lincoln was a close friend of Gen. Barringer's older brother Moreau Barringer. They had served in Congress together. After the meeting, Lincoln had Gen. Barringer mover to Fort Delaware where he would receive better treatment.
A few day after the meeting in City Point, Lincoln was assassinated. At the time of the assassination, Lincoln had one of Gen. Barringers cards in his jacket. Due to this, Gen. Barringer was then questioned about any involvement he may have had in the assassination. Gen. Barringer was released in August, 1865 after taking the "Oath of Allegiance".
Gen. Rufus Clay Barringer was married to Eugiena Erixine Morrison, the sister of Mary Anna Morrison Jackson and wife of Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. Eugiena had another sister, Isabella S. Morrison Hill who was the wife of Confederate Gen. "D H" Daniel Harvey Hill. Gen. "D H" Hill had been a student at VMI when Gen. Jackson was on the VMI faculty. Gen. Hill taught mathematics at Davidson College after the war and is buried in the Davidson College Cemetery, Davidson, Mecklenburg County, NC.
The father of the Morrison sisters was Rev. Dr. Robert Hall Morrison, the first President of Davidson College, Davidson, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
INTERESTING NOTE: The town of Concord, NC saw very little action during the war. However, at the end of the war, the town was occupied by the 92nd Illinois Mounted Infantry Regiment. Looting of homes by the 92nd Illinois was a common practice and the citizens of Concord were quite enraged so there were many ill feeling with the Union Army. When the Union commander of the 92nd learned that President Jefferson Davis had enjoyed the comforts of Victor Clay Barringer's home in Concord during Davis' flight further south to evade capture, the 92nd commander ordered a banner to be made of US flags and stretched over the street in front of Victor Barringer's home. This was insulting to the citizens of Concord so they responded by not walking or driving their wagons and carriages under the banner. They would go around the block if necessary.
Bio provided by Tom Fagart
Enlisted on 5/16/1861 as a Major.
On 5/16/1861 he was commissioned into Field & Staff NC 1st Cavalry He Resigned on 9/30/1861