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John Peyton Byrne
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Birth: Sep. 29, 1839
Preston County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 1920
Sacramento County
California, USA

John was 22 when he, his father Samuel, and brothers Lucian and Harrison, enlisted in the 21st Missouri Infantry at Memphis, Missouri on June 1861, mustering out on December 5, 1864, after sustaining serious injuries, including a back disability and some paralysis of one leg. John's older brother Charles became a Confederate captain in Virginia under General Stonewall Jackson. Corporal Byrne also served as part of the 6th Division under Major General Ulysses S. Grant's Army of Tennessee.

On April 6, 1862, Byrne's unit fought against General Albert S. Johnston's Confederate Army at Shiloh over two days. In those two days, more than 20,000 men were killed, wounded or went missing. That was more than all of the casualties in the American Revolution, War of 1812 and the Mexican War combined. Corporal Byrne survived this and three other major battles Source: Loyal Legion Historical Journal, Article by Karl Frederick Schaeffer, Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief

John was cremated and his remains rested on a shelf for 85 years in the care of a cemetery in Sacramento, California until family found him and brought him back to Memphis, Missouri. His ashes were buried in Memphis Cemetery where his brothers, Harrison and Lucian who also fought with the Union in the Civil War, were also laid to rest. John was buried during a Civil War Reenactment ceremony on May 28, 2005. John was the last known Union soldier to receive the Grand Army of the Republic Grave Service.
Family links: 
  Samuel Byrne (1798 - 1867)
  Juan Fernandes Hagans Byrne (1807 - 1881)
  Mary Jane Whorton Byrne (1839 - 1906)*
  John Bruce Byrne (1881 - 1951)*
  Emaline Lucy Byrne (1826 - 1830)*
  William Byrne (1829 - 1829)*
  Nancy A. Byrne Kerns (1829 - ____)*
  Charles Byrne (1831 - 1902)*
  Harrison Hagans Byrne (1833 - 1912)*
  Harriet R. Byrne Farnsworth (1835 - 1918)*
  John Peyton Byrne (1839 - 1920)
  Mariah Tutt Byrne Miller Crutcher (1842 - 1932)*
  Joseph Squire Byrne (1844 - 1920)*
  Lucian Elisha Byrne (1845 - 1933)*
  Zachary Taylor Byrne (1848 - 1909)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: It's interesting to note that the original military marker read Corporal
Memphis Cemetery
Scotland County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: LBS
Originally Created by: Pam Witherow
Record added: Jul 04, 2011
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John Peyton Byrne
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John Peyton Byrne
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John Peyton Byrne
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