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David Bell Birney
Birth: May 29, 1825
Death: Oct. 18, 1864

Union Civil War General. Born In Huntsville Alabama, son of abolitionist James G Birney. The Birney family moved to Kentucky in 1833 and freed their slaves, then moved to Cincinnati, Michigan, and finally Philadelphia. Birney graduated from Phillips Academy, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1856. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Birney benefitted from his political connections and was named Lt. Colonel of the 23rd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, which he raised. Promoted to full Colonel and then to Brigadier General on Feb. 17 1862. He commanded a brigade during the Peninsular Campaign and at the Second Battle of Bull Run took over command of Brig. General Phil Kearney's division when Kearney was killed. Birneys division then fought at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville where his division suffered more casualties than any other in the Army. Promoted to Major General on May 20 1863 he arrived at Gettysburg with 2 brigades and went into position along Cemetery Ridge, but was ordered to hold the front from the Peach Orchard to Little Round Top with too few men. This front was decimated and with General Sickles being wounded, Birney was put in command as the Peach Orchard was being overrun, soon to be replaced by Maj. General Winfield Hancock. Birney's health began to deteriorate in the summer of 1864 and he died on October 18th of that year. (bio by: Justin M) 
 
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 Parents:
  James Gillespie Birney (1792 - 1857)
  Elizabeth Potts Fitzhugh Birney (1802 - 1869)
 
 Spouse:
  Marie Antoinette Jennison Birney (1831 - 1902)
 
 Children:
  Agatha McDowell Birney (1848 - 1868)*
  David Bell Birney (1862 - 1906)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Gillespie Birney (1817 - 1888)*
  William Birney (1819 - 1907)*
  David Bell Birney (1825 - 1864)
  Fitzhugh Birney (1842 - 1864)*
  Ann Hughes Birney (1843 - 1846)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Malaria
 
Burial:
Woodlands Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section CC, Lot 52
 
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Record added: Jan 05, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 4289
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- Kat
 Added: Oct. 18, 2014
Remembering you today, beloved soldier...
- Mary
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