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Pvt John Alemuth Byers
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Birth: Jan. 1, 1836
Alabama, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 1864
Cedar Creek Battlefield
Frederick County
Virginia, USA

John Alemuth Byers was the first born son of Amzi Walton Byers and Semira Louisa Ashe Byers. He was just a boy of eight when his mother died, soon after the birth of his second sister, Louisa Samira Byers in 1844.

Three years later, his father married Eliza Strong, and soon he had many half brothers and sisters. Julia Loughborough Byers was his youngest half-sister, born during the Civil War in 1862.

John Alemuth enlisted in the Confederate army on May 1, 1861 at Corinth, Mississippi. He was 25 years old, single, and like his father, he was a farmer in Water Valley, Mississippi.

He served in the "Panola Vindicators" Company H, 17th Regiment Mississippi Infantry. He fell at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1863, with face and neck wounds and became a prisoner-of-war. He eventually escaped and rejoined his company.

Alemuth (or "A J", as his company knew him) was killed in the Battle of Cedar Creek, near Strausberg, Virginia on October 19, 1864, and may be buried on the battlefield in an unmarked grave. In a letter dated October 24, 1864, Capt. Jesse C. Wright informed Alemuth's father of his death and the circumstances of the battle. He praised his son's dedication and character exhibited during the entire war, and said he considered Alemuth to be a very good friend.

My 2x Great Uncle. 
 
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 Parents:
  Amory Walton Byers (1802 - 1879)
  Semira Louisa Ash Byers (1816 - 1844)
 
 Siblings:
  John Alemuth Byers (1836 - 1864)
  Louise Samira Byers Hartsfield (1844 - 1926)*
  Medora Roxanna Byers McFarland (1848 - 1894)**
  Henry Walton Byers (1849 - 1945)**
  Edward Strong Byers (1851 - 1915)**
  Infant Daughter Byers (1853 - 1853)**
  Willie Byers (1855 - 1856)**
  Laura Johnston Byers (1858 - 1885)**
  Julia Loughborough Byers Logan (1862 - 1941)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Note: I have been unable to confirm John's burial location. If you know where he might be buried, please click on the Edit tab at the top of this page, then click on the Suggest a Correction link to send me the information.
 
Burial:
Unknown
Specifically: Died at the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia. Burial location unknown.
 
Created by: Cyndi Wiseman
Record added: Apr 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35813839
Pvt John Alemuth Byers
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- AB Watson
 Added: Mar. 31, 2010

- Cyndi Wiseman
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