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Alfred D. Barksdale Papers Edit


MS 0465


  • 1918 – 1919 (Creation)


  • 9 items (Whole)


  • Scope and Contents

    The papers consist of 9 items documenting the World War I U. S. Army career of Alfred Dickinson Barksdale (VMI Class of 1911). A member of Company L, First Virginia Infantry, National Guard, Barksdale was called to active duty during the World War I. Barksdale served in France with M Company, 116th Infantry, 29th Division, from 1917-1919. Included is a letter from Barksdale to his sister, dated August 20, 1918, written shortly after his arrival in France. He comments on the visit of Gen. John J. Pershing to his regimental HQ and other activities. Also included are 3 snapshots of Barksdale, circa 1918; and items relating to the award of the Croix de Guerre.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Alfred Barksdale, the son of Judge William Randolph Barksdale and Hallie Craddock, was born at Halifax, Virginia in 1892. Following his graduation from VMI in 1911, he received a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1915. He practiced law in Lynchburg, Virginia and in 1938 was appointed Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit. In 1940 he became Judge of the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, retiring in 1957. Judge Barksdale died in Lynchburg in 1971.

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  • Preferred Citation

    Alfred D. Barksdale Papers, MS 0465, Virginia Military Institute Archives