SON of Josiah and Rhoda Byram, was born at Virgil, Cortland County, N. Y., August thirteenth, 1837. His father commenced business in Virgil in 1825, as clothier, and before his death in 1842, became one of the first men of his town. He was Colonel of a militia regiment, and filled many important positions. He reared a numerous and respectable family of children, of whom the Captain was the eighth.

The subject of this sketch enjoyed the benefits of a common and select school education in his native town, and an academical course at Cortlandville Academy. He taught district school for a number of winters; but having a love and aptitude for mechanics, became a carpenter.

He enlisted as private in Company A, September nineteenth, 1861, but on the organization of the company was made First Sergeant. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant March sixteenth, 1862; to First Lieutenant September first 1862, and to Captain of Company D, December nineteenth, 1862. In February, 1864, three-fourths of his company re-enlisted, and the Captain remained as a veteran officer.

While in the service, Captain Byram was in the following engagements:Rappahannock Station, Gainesville, Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Tolopotomoy, Petersburg.

He was sick in hospital, with typhoid fever, from shortly after Antietam, until January following.

After Lieutenant Colonel Cook was wounded at the Wilderness, the command of the Regiment devolved upon Captain Byram, and he remained in command through the brilliant campaign to Petersburg, until the eighteenth day of June, 1864, when he received a severe wound in the groin, and was sent to the hospital at Annapolis, Md., from which he was honorably discharged by Special Orders from the War Department, No. 423, the twenty-ninth day of November, 1864.

At the battle of the Wilderness, Captain Byram distinguished himself by bringing away the colors of the Regiment, under a most galling fire. The Captain has requested us to mention Mr. Hummel's family, and Mrs. Riley, of Harrisburg, as "my good angels while in hospital there, for I think I should have died but for their care; and the same of Miss Hall, at Annapolis."

The Captain resides at Virgil, Cortland county, N. Y.

- From the Regimental History of the 76th New York, A. P. Smith, 1867

In August 1863, Captain Byram exchanged letters with Henry Randall about a new flag for the 76th NY.

Capt. Byram died December 30, 1894, aged 57 years. He is buried in the Cortland Rural Cemetery.

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