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Confederate (CSA)


John Berney

(? - 1878)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: Rodes' Brigade

Before Sharpsburg

He was commissioned Lieutenant, CSA on 10 April 1861, and was on recruiting duty in Mt. Vernon, AL in May and June, then at the Camp of Instruction, Richmond, VA to August. He was attached to the 13th and 6th Alabama Infantry Regiments later in 1861. He was assigned as aide-de-camp to General Rodes on 9 August 1862.

On the Campaign

From General Rodes' Report:

I was most ably and bravely served during the whole day [14 September on South Mountain] by Captains [H. A.] Whiting and [G.] Peyton and Lieut. John Birney, who composed my staff ... [on 17 September at Sharpsburg] Captain Whiting and Lieut. John Birney, C. S. Army, of my staff, were both wounded. They, with Capt. Greene Peyton, assistant adjutant-general, discharged their respective duties with ability and gallantry.
He was wounded in the face at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was assigned to Mobile, AL in February 1863, and served on a military court for the rest of the War.

After the War

He died of yellow fever in St. Louis in 1878.

References & notes

Service from Krick.1


1878 St. Louis, MO


1   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 242  [AotW citation 17559]