Byrd, Stephen

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Photo: 4th VA Infantry battle flag

4th VA Infantry battle flag (captured at Spottsylvania)

Age at Enlistment: 19

Length of Service: 1861-1863

State: Virginia

Rank: Pvt

Unit: 4th VA Infantry Regiment

Service Record:   Enlisted in Hale’s Co. of Va Dare Devils (Co. F) in the same company as his brother Joshua Byrd on 13 Jun 1861 at Harpers Ferry; promoted to Cpl on 24 Apr 1862; sent to hospital by surgeon on 17 Oct 1862 after Antietam; appointed Sgt on 15 Mar 1863; wounded in action at Chancellorsville on 12 May 1863 and died of wounds later in the day; his father Richard Byrd claimed his belongings on 14 Jul 1863 (certificate # 1448); his family received $97.57 for his backpay since death.

Survived War: No

Cemetery/Burial: Unknown. Died at Chancellorsville battle, so likely at cemetery nearby

Soldier Info:  Born at Elk Creek, Grayson Co., Va. in 1840; Died at the battle of Chancellorsville, VA in 1863.

Relationship to Author: 2nd cousin 4x