- Get Involved
BARNES, CHARLES MERRITT
BARNES, CHARLES MERRITT (1855–1927). Charles Merritt Barnes, journalist, was born on January 6, 1855, in Waterproof, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University and the military college at Baton Rouge. He enlisted in the Louisiana State Militia and in 1872 moved with his family to Texas, where he settled in San Marcos and was soon admitted to the bar. After living a short time at Luling, he went to San Antonio in 1874 and practiced law for several years. His interests then turned to journalism, the military, and politics. He enlisted in the Alamo Rifles in 1875 and remained with that group until 1917, when he retired with the rank of major. During this period he saw active duty along the Mexican border. He was color sergeant of Company G, First Texas Infantry (San Antonio Zouaves) in 1898, but he did not accompany his outfit to Cuba in the Spanish-American War.
Barnes became a reporter for the San Antonio Express about 1880. He gained considerable prominence with stories featuring exploits of frontier individuals. His articles appeared regularly in Sunday editions between 1902 and 1910. They were illustrated with line drawings by Leo Colton, a talented Express artist. In 1910 Barnes published Combats and Conquests of Immortal Heroes, a collection based on nineteenth-century San Antonio families, personalities, and events. He also published and wrote some verse. He retired from the Express just before World War I. Barnes died on April 7, 1927, in San Antonio.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:O. V. Mergele, "Col. Chas. M. Barnes and the Flowers for the Living Club," Texas Pioneer 4 (September-October 1923). San Antonio Express, April 11, 1886, May 4, 11, 18, 1902, April 8, 1927.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Hobart Huson, "BARNES, CHARLES MERRITT," accessed June 18, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fba70.
Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.