1897 – Born on November 5th in Goshen Springs, Mississippi. American aviator and military officer.
– He volunteered for aviation training a few weeks before receiving his commission as a second lieutenant and enlisted in the aviation section of the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a private first class.
1917 – After completing the ground school course at the School of Military Aeronautics in Austin , Texas, he embarked for England September 18th and received his flying training with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) at Oxford and several other aviation schools in England.
1918 – He went to England to receive his flight training with the Royal Flying Corps and was assigned to the 41st Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.
1919 – Barksdale was assigned to Mitchel Field, Long Island.
1921 – He married Lura Lee Dunn.
1926 – Lost his life on August 11th, while flight testing an observation type airplane near McCook Field at Dayton, Ohio.
– At the time of Barksdale’s death, he was acting chief of the test pilot section in the absence of the chief "Jimmy" Doolittle.