Victor "Clay" Barringer
Brother of Rufus Barringer
Photo Courtesy North Carolina Division of Archives and History
Rufus and youngest brother, Victor, were extremely close. Victor was often impulsive and hot-headed, while Rufus was more reserved and deliberate in his thinking.
Victor Barringer resigned under adverse circumstances from General Robert Ransom's staff on July 5, 1862. On the night of April 18, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis stayed at Victor Barringer's home in Concord, North Carolina as he fled southward from Richmond. After the war, Victor served his state and the United States Government with distinction. He served as an International Admiralty Court judge in Egypt for 20 years.
By 1866, Victor C. Barringer concluded that the "political enfranchisement of the negro, both as a policy, & as a right, follows logically & inevitably from emancipation. Everything points to it." Reference: Victor C. Barringer to Daniel Moreau Barringer, December 20, 1866, Daniel Moreau Barringer Papers, SHC, UNC, Chapel Hill, N. C.