About Bryon Root Pierce
Byron Root Pierce was born 20 Sep 1829 and died 10 Jul 1924. He is buried in Fulton Street Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He was a Civil War Union Brigadier General. Originally the commander of the 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded five times during the war, one time in the battle of Gettysburg.
The "Old Third" under the command of Col. Daniel McConnell was mustered at Grand Rapids 10 Jun 1861, and left the State for the Potomac 13 June 1861. They saw action at Blackburn's Ford. Col. McConnell having resigned, it went into the campaign of 1862 under the command of Col. S. G. Champlin. It fought at Williamsburg, May 5, at Fair Oaks, May 30, at Charles City Cross Roads, June 30 and on July 1 at Malvern Hill. Its most severe losses were at Fair Oaks - 30 killed, 124 wounded and 15 missing, including Capt. Samuel A. Judd killed, and Col. Champlin wounded. They also fought at the second battle of Bull Run, losing heavily, and at Chantilly.
After the disablement of Col. Champlin, the regiment was under the command of Col. Byron R. Pierce, until his promotion to the office of Brigadier General. Under his command it was engaged at Chancellorsville, and afterward at Gettysburg.