Byron Kirby

BYRON KIRBY was born September 8,1829, in Cincinnati. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted as a private in the regular army but was soon transferred to the 3rd Maryland Cavalry. Most of his war service was with this organization, which served in the West. Kirby was named a brevet brigadier general for meritorious service during the war. After the war he returned to Cincinnati where he practiced law for the remainder of his life. He was the brother-in-law of General and Congressman Henry B. Banning of Cincinnati. At the time of his death General Kirby was a member of the Cincinnati City Council. He died at his home in Mount Adams on November 29,1881, at age fifty-two.

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. After serving the first few months of the war as a Regular Army Officer (1st Lieutenant, 6th United States Regular Infantry), and as an aide to Major General William S. Rosecrans, he was commissioned as Major of the 3rd Maryland Volunteer Cavalry. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on January 23, 1864, he commanded the regiment during the Red River Campaign. He was awarded two brevet promotions to Colonel and to Brigadier General of US Volunteers on September 6, 1865 for "gallant and meritorious services during the war". He was mustered out on September 7, 1865. He died from heart complications in Cincinnati. He was buried in his family's lot at Spring Grove Cemetery on March 14, 1882. (His body was in a public vault for 3 months). (bio by: K Guy)

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