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Federal (USV)


Patrick Byrne

(c. 1831 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 69th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 30 years, he enrolled at New York City to serve three years, and mustered in as Private, Company F, 69th New York Infantry on 13 November 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the left wrist and left side in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was ...

Sent to hospital No. 5, Frederick, Md. Surgeon H. S. Hewitt, U. S. V., reported that a musket ball fractured the left wrist and inflicted a flesh wound in the left hypochondriac region. Caries of the carpus and metacarpus followed, and the fourth and fifth metacarpals and magnum, unciform, cuneiform, and pisiform bones were excised.
He was discharged for wounds on 6 December 1862 at Frederick, MD. The New York Examining Board, July 3, (1863?), reported:
The left ring finger is destroyed, and its Metacarpo-phalangeal articulation. The little finger is crooked under the medium. The hand is not of much use."

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Service details from the Roster.2 The quotes above from the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion and additional research by Robert McClernon, published in his excellent Antietam Casualty List for the 69th.


c. 1831


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 151  [AotW citation 17056]

2   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1901, Ser. No. 28, pg. 39  [AotW citation 17965]