Al Barnes, right, spoke to the Willaim Taylor  chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution about American War History of 100 Years ago. Pictured with Barnes is Chapter Regent, Linda Bishop Bagley.


The William Taylor Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution welcomed the return of a favorite presenter,  Alexander “Al” F. Barnes, to its March meeting.  Barnes, who was born in Niagara Falls, New York, grew up in an Air Force family.  His mother was a member of the DAR.

Barnes enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1974 and then joined the Army National Guard in 1977, retiring as a Virginia Army National Guard chief warrant officer in 2004. He retired as a US Army Civilian at Fort Lee in July 2015. He currently serves as the Command Historian for the Virginia National Guard.

Barnes has a master’s degree in anthropology and has authored seven military history books. His World War I books have told the story of immigrants in the US Army and the close linkage of the Doughboys and baseball.  

His most recent book is entitled In a Strange Land: The American Occupation of Germany: 1918-1923.  After Germany’s defeat, its territory was divided into four occupation zones. The troops who were left there were to enforce the armistice until such time as a formal treaty could be drawn up and signed.  Barnes used photographs to illustrate the points that he made about the American occupation and shared a number of artifacts that he had collected from the US occupation of its assigned territory.   

 The Daughters of the American Revolution is a lineage-based membership service organization for women who are directly descended from a person involved in the United States’ efforts towards independence. A non-profit group, it promotes historic preservation, education, and patriotism.  Over ninety members strong, the William Taylor Chapter serves a wide swath of counties in Southern Virginia, including Brunswick, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and Nottoway.