Surg. Bernard Miles Byrne

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Bernard Miles Byrne

Birthplace: Ballinderry, Wicklow, Wicklow, Ireland
Death: September 06, 1860 (52)
Sullivan's Island, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States (typhoid fever)
Place of Burial: Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of BernardBrian Byrne and Mary Russell
Husband of Louisa Matlack Abert
Father of Lieut. Col. Charles Byrne and Lieut. Col. Bernard A. Byrne, Medal of Honor
Brother of Catherine Byrne; Charles Byrne; Elizabeth Byrne; Fanny Byrne; Lawrence Byrne and 2 others

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About Surg. Bernard Miles Byrne

Death Of Dr. B.M. Byrne We announce with regret the decease of an esteemed friend and correspondent, Surgeon Bernard M. Byrne, M.D., of the United States Army Medical Starr and for three years attending physician at the Fort Moultrie Station, on Sullivan’s Island. His disease was typhoid fever, of a virulent form and terminated fatally on Thursday evening, the 6th instant, in his forty-sixth year.

Dr. Byrne was a native of Ireland, but reached this country at an early age and after preparatory education, graduated with distinction in the University of Maryland. After completing his medical course, he was appointed Assistant Surgeon in the United States Army and stationed at Fort Monroe, on the 20th of May 1836, under Colonel J.L. Gardner, who is not in command at Fort Moultrie. He passed a first class examination on his admission as Surgeon. He did active and efficient service as Surgeon in Florida, Mexico and on the Pacific and was also stationed for some time at the Newport (Kentucky) Barracks. In Mexico, he was a Medical Director for his department of the army and in Florida he encountered both the cholera and yellow fever, which he treated with great success.

His active and zealous spirit could not be restricted to medical service alone. At Palo Alton, Reseca de la Palma, Monterey, Saltillo and Buena Vista, he took an honorable part in the thickest of the contest. He was by the side of the gallant Ringgold and bore that officer off when he fell mortally wounded. Dr. Byrnes’ name will be found with honorable mention in several despatches and reports from General Taylor, General Wool and other officers who have commanded Divisions to which he was attached.

As a writer, also, he nobly used and improved his powers of observation and his varied experience for the benefit of his profession and of military hygiene. His treatise on Cholera has been officially approved by the Government and is now used as a text book in the Medical Department of the British Army. He leaves in manuscript and nearly ready for the printer, a treatise on yellow fever, which, we trust, will soon be given to the public under competent supervision. As an occasional contributor to periodicals and newspapers, he was also the author of much instruction.

We deem it a mournful privilege to record now that he was the author if the very interesting correspondence and well written essays on Florida and Texas, which appeared in these columns over the signature of Verdad and have been extensively reprinted and approved.

With all the warmth and largeness of heart characteristic of his countrymen, Dr. Byrne was devoted to his friends and almost idolatrously attached to his family, with whose bereavement many will sympathise.

The funeral services were discharged on Friday evening, on Sullivan’s Island, by Rev. James A. Corcoran, D.D., of this city and by the Chaplain of the Fort, the flag being through the day at the half-staff.

The body has been temporarily interred with a view to removal to Washington at a suitable season.

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Surg. Bernard Miles Byrne's Timeline

Ballinderry, Wicklow, Wicklow, Ireland
October 19, 1853
Age 45
Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky, United States
March 2, 1855
Age 47
Vancouver, Clark County, Washington, United States
September 6, 1860
Age 52
Sullivan's Island, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States