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 [decorative delimiter] Class of May 6, 1861

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

Edmund Kirby​1

(Ap'd at Large)


Born Mar. 11, 1840, Brownville, NY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1856, to May 6, 1861, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, May 6, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑63, in drilling Volunteers at Washington, D. C., May to July, 1861; in the Manassas

 p780  (First Lieut., 1st Artillery, May 14, 1861)

Campaign of July, 1861, being engaged in the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., July to Dec., 1861; in command of Company at Poolesville, Md., and Harper's Ferry, Va., Dec., 1861, to Mar., 1862, being engaged in the Combat of Ball's Bluff, Va., Oct. 21, 1861; in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign, commanding Battery (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Fair Oaks, May 31 to June 1, 1862, — Battle of Savage Station, June 29, 1862, — Battle of Glendale, June 30, 1862, — and Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; on sick leave of absence, Sep. 1‑24, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign

(Transferred to Top. Engineers, July 24, 1862: Declined)

(Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged on the March to Falmouth, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; and in the Rappahannock Campaign, commanding Battery (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to May, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862, — and Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2‑3, where he was Mortally Wounded.

Died, May 28, 1863, at Washington, D. C., of Wounds received at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va.: Aged 23.

Buried, Brownville Cemetery, Brownville, NY.​a

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Bvt. Colonel Edmund Kirby, Paymaster, U. S. Army.

Thayer's Note:

a The Find-a‑Grave page linked here has additional information of interest; stating also that he was promoted on his deathbed by President Lincoln to Brigadier-General.

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