David Bartley
Fictional Character
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): Grantville Gazette I, Grantville Gazette III, Grantville Gazette VII, Grantville Gazette XIII, Grantville Gazette XIX, Grantville Gazette XX, Grantville Gazette XXIV,
1635: The Eastern Front,
1636: The Saxon Uprising,
Grantville Gazette 35,
"1636: The Viennese Waltz"
Nationality: United States of Europe (born in the United States)
Religion: Methodist
Date of Birth: 1985
Parents: Lamar Bartley, Ramona Higgins (mother), Karl Schmidt (step-father)
Relatives: Delia Higgins (grandmother), Donnie Higgins (half-brother)
Affiliations: SoTF National Guard, Other People's Money

David Bartley was part of the group known as the "Sewing Circle", and later became CEO of the finance company Other People's Money. He was a lieutenant, and later a captain, in the SoTF National Guard and part of Mike Stearns' immediate staff assigned to work on logistics. Around the autumn of 1634, he was a lieutenant in supply at the Saalfeld training ground.

In October 1635, while attached to the Third Division of the USE Army in Poland, he was promoted to captain, and assigned to form an Exchange Corps, which was given the task of enabling the division to obtain supplies from the local population without completely ticking them off.[1]

In the winter of 1636, he helped design the winter gear that the Third Division would use on its campaign against Johan Banér, based on what he could remember of World War II-era Soviet winter gear. He also devised a detachable ski rig which could be attached to a volley gun carriage and which allowed the skis to be lowered into place when the guns needed to move over snow.[2] These "Bartley rigs", as they became known, allowed the volley gun units to play a significant role in the Battle of Ostra.[3]


  1. ''1635: The Eastern Front, ch. 26
  2. 1636: The Saxon Uprising, ch 36.
  3. ibid., ch. 46