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Federal (USV)


Matthew Byrnes

(c. 1826 - ?)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 96th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

From Pottsville, at age 35 he enrolled on 23 September 1861 in Company I, 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, as First Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain on 15 July 1862.

On the Campaign

Colonel Cake wrote of him at Crampton's Gap on 14 September 1862:

The conduct of Lieutenant Byrnes, commanding Company I, and Lieutenant Oberrender, commanding Company E, was most praiseworthy. At the head of their companies their courageous example was most conspicuous.

The rest of the War

He resigned 1 August 1863.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1. Details from Colonel Cake’s Official Report.


c. 1826


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, 96th Infantry  [AotW citation 15352]