James Byrnes (sailor)

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James Byrnes
Born 1838
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Unit USS Louisville
Battles/wars Battle of Fort Hindman
Awards Medal of Honor

Boatswain's Mate James Byrnes (born 1838) was an Irish sailor who fought in the American Civil War. Byrnes received the United States' highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action aboard the USS Louisville during the Battle of Fort Hindman. He was honored with the award on 3 April 1863.[1][2]


Byrnes was born in Ireland in 1838. He enlisted in the Navy from New York, and was assigned to the USS Louisville.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Carrying out his duties through the thick of battle and acting as captain of a 9-inch gun, Brynes consistently showed "Attention to duty, bravery, and coolness in action against the enemy."[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "James Byrnes". Retrieved 30 November 2013.