Byrne’s Battery


(from Dunbar Rowland’s “Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898”; company listing courtesy of H. Grady Howell’s “For Dixie Land, I’ll Take My Stand’)



Capt. Edward P. Byrne.

No information is available on this battery in Rowland, except that it served in the Western Theatre.

However, the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion (obviously named by a Northerner!) relate the following. Byrne’s Battery served at Shiloh and Murfreesboro. It was at one time in the Second Brigade, Morgan’s Division, Wheeler’s Cavalry Corps, Army of Tennessee. The Official Records attest to the bravery and good service of both the battery and its commander, Capt. Byrne. The battery participated in Morgan’s Kentucky Raid, during which, it was charged in a courmartial, that Capt. Edward P. Byrne participated in a bank robbery. Byrne was, at that time, Morgan’s Chief of Artillery. The results of that courtmarial are not reported in the Official Records. The battery was sometimes known as the Kentucky Battery and sometimes as the Mississippi Battery.