WILLIAM B. BARTON. General William B. Barton died at 6:40 o'clock last evening at the Gilsey House og Bright's disease, complicated with an affection of the lungs, in the fifty-eighth year of his age. He was the son of a Presbyterian clergyman of Woodbridge, N. J., and a graduate of Princeton College. The death of Gen. Barton removes a figure once conspicuous as a brigade commander in the Army of the Potomac, and latterly prom- inent in theatrical circles. He was a na- tive of New-Jersey. At the breaking out of the war he entered the service as a Captain and rose through the successive grades to that of Brigadier General. He served throughout the was and was several times wounded. In one of the engagements before Richmond he was shot through the lungs, a wound from which he never fully recovered. At the close of the war Gen. Barton went to Pittsburg, Penn., and for a number of years was engaged in the construction of street railways in that city. In 1878, the failure of a bank crippled him financially and he wound up his business in Pittsburg and went to California. In the succeeding year he assumed the manage- ment of the California Theatre. After vari- ous successes in a theatrical line in the West he came to this city and for a short time occupied the position on the Mail and Express. Subsequently he secured a lease of the Bijou Theatre, and, in conjunction with L. E. Miles of Cincinnati, built the theatre as it now stands. After the lease was sold to J. W. Rosenquest he took the play "Lost in New-York" on the road. Gen. Barton's last venture in this city was the production of "Pippins" at the Broadway Thea= tre last November. In this play he is reported to have sunk $20,000. His health soon after b began to fail, and the doctors advised a trip to Bermuda. The visit failed to do him any good. The old wound in his lungs began to trouble him, and, according to his physicians, hastened his end.