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Nathaniel C. Barker
Born (1836-09-28)September 28, 1836
Died March 7, 1904(1904-03-07) (aged 67)
Place of birth Piermont, New Hampshire
Buried at Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack, New Hampshire
42°52.034′N 71°29.767′W / 42.867233°N 71.496117°W / 42.867233; -71.496117
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service August 21, 1862 to May 25, 1865[1]
Rank Sergeant
Unit New Hampshire 11th New Hampshire Infantry - Company E
Battles/wars Battle of Spotsylvania
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Sergeant Nathaniel C. Barker (September 28, 1836 to March 7, 1904)[2] was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Barker was awarded the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, during the Battle of Spotsylvania on May 12, 1864. He was presented with the award on 23 September 1897.


Barker enlisted into the 11th New Hampshire Regiment Volunteer Infantry Company E on 21 August 1862. During the Battle of Spotsylvania six of the color bearers of Barker's company were killed on May 12, considered the bloodiest day of the battle. Barker took the regiment's two flags and advanced with them the rest of duration of the battle.[3]

Barker was wounded wounded on 7 June 1864 in Cold Harbor, Virginia and was later discharged from duty on 25 May 1865.[1] He is buried at Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack, New Hampshire.[2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Six Color Bearers of the regiment having been killed, Sergeant Barker voluntarily took both flags of the regiment and carried them through the remainder of the battle.[2]

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