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David Bell Birney
Birth: May 29, 1825
Madison County
Alabama, USA
Death: Oct. 18, 1864
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

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: JustinM) 
Family links: 
  James Gillespie Birney (1792 - 1857)
  Elizabeth Potts Fitzhugh Birney (1802 - 1869)
  Marie Antoinette Jennison Birney (1831 - 1902)
  Agatha McDowell Birney (1848 - 1868)*
  Belle Birney (1853 - 1874)*
  David Bell Birney (1862 - 1906)*
  James Gillespie Birney (1817 - 1888)*
  William Birney (1819 - 1907)*
  David Bell Birney (1825 - 1864)
  George Birney (1832 - 1856)**
  Fitzhugh Birney (1842 - 1864)*
  Ann Hughes Birney (1843 - 1846)*
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Malaria
Woodlands Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section CC, Lot 52
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 05, 1999
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Peace and God's Love be with your spirit.
- Duchess
 Added: Aug. 2, 2017

- Tracey Reid
 Added: May. 29, 2017
Thank you, General for your service to our country during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Oct. 18, 2016
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