(1835 - 1915)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 63rd New York Infantry
He probably emigrated from Ireland in 1855 and gave his age as 21 and occupation printer at enlistment, mustering in as Private, Company K, on 3 October 1861. He was promoted to Sergeant on 1 December and to First Sergeant on 10 March 1862. He transferred to Company G, no date.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action slightly, on the top of his head, on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.
The rest of the War
Mustered in as First Lieutenant, Company K, on 12 November 1862. Mustered as Captain on 16 December 1862. He mustered out on the consolidation of the regiment on 12 June 1863.
After the War
By the 1870 Federal Census he was publisher of the Sandy Hill (now Hudson Falls), NY Herald, and later postmaster there. He applied for a Federal pension in May 1915.
References & notes
Basic information from McLernon1. The picture here from a photograph in the collection of the New York Military Museum available online through the New York Heritage portal. His name is also borne in military records as Dwyer. Further details from family genealogists, who also spell his name Dwyer.
11/26/1835; Thomastown, Kilkenny, IRELAND
1 McLernon, Robert, Casualty List, 63rd New York Volunteer Infantry, Meagher's Irish Brigade, Antietam, Maryland; September 17, 1862, Springfield (Va): R. McLernon, 2001 [AotW citation 2391]