William McKendree Byrd, Jr.(1839 - )
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 8th Alabama Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
A 21 year old student, just graduating from the University of Virginia, he enlisted in Company A, 8th Alabama Infantry on 10 May 1861 and was appointed Sergeant Major of the regiment, date not given. He was present at Yorktown, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Gaines Mill, Fraziers Farm, and 2nd Manassas in 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
Present at Sharpsburg.
The remainder of the War:
Promoted and transferred (probably as Captain) to the Confederate States Army in October 1862.
After the War:
He was a lawyer in Selma, a farmer near Birmingham, and an attorney at the US Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. He worked on land reclamation in Alabama, and was blind in his later years.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from State of Alabama1. Details from a bio sketch of his son in Cruikshank's A History of Birmingham and Its Environs (Vol. 2, 1900). His father (1817-1874) was an attorney, judge, and Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court 1863-67.
|Birth Date: 03/25/1839 Place of Birth: Oxford, MS |
College: University of Virginia Graduating Year: 1861
1 State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <http://www.archives.state.al.us/civilwar/index.cfm>, Source page: various [AotW citation 15889]
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